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Cover Image: International Law and the Rise of Nations: The State System and the Challenge of Ethnic Groups
  • Date: 08/01/2001
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $53.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-88911-930-4
  • Pages: 352
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International Law and the Rise of Nations: The State System and the Challenge of Ethnic Groups
Robert J. Beck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Thomas Ambrosio, University of North Dakota

A Chatham House Title

Among the significant consequences of the Cold War’s end has been the rise of nations and the challenges that these nations pose for global order and international law. Taking a unique approach to explore this phenomenon, Beck and Ambrosio consider three principal themes: the emergence of nations, the international legal challenges that such nations pose, and international legal efforts to accommodate nations within the global state system. Students of international law, political science, and ethnic studies will find this book useful for its focus on an overlooked, but important, subject.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Inis L. Claude Jr.


Clan and Superclan: Loyalty, Identity and Community in Law and Practice, Thomas M. Franck

Part I. The Rise of Nations

The Nation Neglected: The Organization of International Life in the Classical State Sovereignty Period, Michael Ross Fowler and Julie Marie Bunck

The State and the Nation: Changing Norms and the Rules of Sovereignty in International Relations, J. Samuel Barkin and Bruce Cronin

Britain and the 1933 Refugee Convention: National or State Sovereignty?, Robert J. Beck

The International Law of Nationalism: Group Identity and Legal History, Nathaniel Berman

Part II. The International Legal Challenges Posed by the Rise of Nations

The Decline of the Nation-State and Its Implications for International Law, Oscar Schachter

Claims by Non-State Groups in International Law, Benedict Kingsbury

Making Room for Peoples at the United Nations: Thoughts Provoked by Indigenous Claims to Self-Determination, Maivân Clech Lâm

Groups, Histories, and International Law, Lea Brilmayer

Part III. International Legal Responses to the Rise of Nations

Rethinking Self-Determination, Hurst Hannum

Drawing a Better Line: Uti Possidetis and the Borders of New States, Steven R. Ratner

Irredentism: Self-Determination and Interstate War, Thomas Ambrosio

Population Transfer: The Effects of Settler Infusion Policies on a Host Population's Right to Self-Determination, Eric Kolodner


The Accomodation of Nations in Interstate Law: Some Preliminary Conclusions, Thomas Ambrosio


About the Contributors

Robert J. Beck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Thomas Ambrosio, University of North Dakota
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