Diversity and Self-determination in International Law
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Diversity and Self-determination in International Law by Karen Knop
Book DescriptionThe emergence of new states and independence movements after the Cold War has intensified the long-standing disagreement among international lawyers over the right of self-determination, especially the right of secession. Knop shifts the discussion from the articulation of the right to its interpretation. She argues that the practice of interpretation involves and illuminates a problem of diversity raised by the exclusion of many of the groups that self-determination most affects. Distinguishing different types of exclusion and the relationships between them reveals the deep structures, biases and stakes in the decisions and scholarship on self-determination. Knop's analysis also reveals that the leading cases have grappled with these embedded inequalities. Challenges by colonies, ethnic nations, indigenous peoples, women and others to the gender and cultural biases of international law emerge as integral to the interpretation of self-determination historically, as do attempts by judges and other institutional interpreters to meet these challenges.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521781787
(228mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Karen Knop
Diversity and Self-determination in International Law, Paperback (June 2008)
Knop's investigation takes a new approach to the problem of diversity and self-determination of peoples.
Gender and Human Rights, Hardback (March 2004)» View all books by Karen Knop
Focuses on various perspectives to gender and human rights. By relating women's international human rights to broader debates about feminism, rights and international society, this collection of essays both provides a sophisticated introduction to gender and human rights and offers a variety of theoretical perspectives and methods.
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Author Biography - Karen Knop
KAREN KNOP is Associate Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where she teaches international law and issues of self-determination in international law. She is editor, with Sylvia Ostry, Richard Simeon and Katherine Swinton of Re-Thinking Federalism: Citizens, Markets and Governments in a Changing World (1995).
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