Catalonia, the European State System and International Limits on Self-Determination

Dr. Frederik Dhondt , Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Legal History Institute (UGent)

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The Catalan and Scottish referenda have been addressed previously on this blog, at the occasion of Prof. Tierney (Edinburgh)’s lecture in Ghent. As a legal historian, my remarks are situated in the margin of a debate between specialists of present-day public law. Nevertheless, historical comparison can serve to illustrate continuities and recurrences, as well as obvious differences. Not only constitutional documents (as emphasized by Professor Tierney), but also international de facto and de jure constraints limit the right of self-determination. If the efficiency of the former category is questionable, the influence of the European State System is undeniable.

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