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Kosovo and the Principles of Just Secession. CEPS Policy Brief No. 146, 3 December 2007

Coppieters, Bruno. (2007) Kosovo and the Principles of Just Secession. CEPS Policy Brief No. 146, 3 December 2007. [Policy Paper]

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    Kosovo has raised three international debates. Firstly, NATO’s decision in March 1999 to go to war over Kosovo created a deep division within the United Nations. The second debate was about the creation of an international administration for Kosovo and the third is now about the future status of the territory. The six ‘just war’ principles – a just cause, last resort, likelihood of success, proportionality, right intentions and legitimate authority – are traditionally applied to war settings in order to assess the legitimacy of the use of force. They can be also used to answer the question of the extent to which the Kosovo conflict can serve as a political model for forceful external involvement in a secessionist crisis with severe humanitarian consequences. But these six jus ad bellum principles can also be of heuristic value for dealing with the legitimacy of the creation of an international administration in Kosovo, and with Kosovo’s right to unilateral secession and its recognition by other states.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Kosovo
    Other international institutions > UN
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Other international institutions > NATO
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008
    Page Range: p. 15
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:48

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