The Long Intervention in Kosovo: A Self-Determination Imperative?
27 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2013
Date Written: March 11, 2013
This paper argues that in order to understand the willingness of many states to recognise Kosovo as a new state, an act that flies in the face of the post-war consensus on the illegality of secession, we need to return to the 1998-99 Kosovo crisis and address the dynamics that informed foreign intervention at that time. We will argue that this intervention was motivated as much by a self-determination imperative – whereby foreign powers sought a detailed realignment of the Yugoslav constitution – as by humanitarian concerns.
Keywords: Kosovo, international law, SFRY, FRY, Yugoslavia, self-determination, statehood, recognition of states, NATO, Rambouillet, humanitarian intervention, sovereignty, Badinter, International Court of Justice
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