Theories of state recognition

Rowan Nicholson, Thomas D. Grant

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the main competing theories. The first two theories discussed are the traditionally dominant debates of ‘declaratorism’ and ‘constitutivism’. That discussion is followed by a survey of approaches that take elements from both traditional theories and concludes with observations on collective non-recognition. The debate is not merely a matter of nuance; the theories disagree radically about the legal significance of recognition. One reason for the profusion of theories and literature is that recognition is intertwined with basic or philosophical questions about international law: what states are and how they come into being, whether international law is an ‘objective’ system, and whose will or values it is designed to serve. So long as those larger questions continue to excite interest and divide opinion, international lawyers are likely to continue to disagree about the legal significance of recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of State Recognition
EditorsGëzim Visoka, John Doyle, Edward Newman
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter2
Pages25-36
Number of pages12
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781351131759
ISBN (Print)9780815354871
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • declaratorism
  • constitutivism
  • international law

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