The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession

Dietrich F (2010)
Ethics & Global Politics 3(2): 123-142.

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On 17 February 2008, the province of Kosovo formally declared its independence from Serbia. The most important normative theories of secession choice theories and just cause theories appear to justify the creation of a second Albanian state on the Balkans. Kosovo's independence reflects the will of the vast majority of its inhabitants and can be seen as a remedy for grave human rights violations in the era of Slobodan Milosevic. Two problems, however, need to be thoroughly discussed. Firstly, the secession of Kosovo may establish a precedent for other separatist conflicts and contribute to the destabilization of south-east Europe and other world regions. Secondly, the new political authorities in Pristina may not be capable to protect the Serb minority against discrimination and repression. It is argued that both problems give no conclusive reasons to reject Kosovo's claim for independence. However, some aspects of the secession, for instance the maintenance of the provincial borders, are considered to be illegitimate.
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Dietrich F. The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession. Ethics & Global Politics. 2010;3(2):123-142.
Dietrich, F. (2010). The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession. Ethics & Global Politics, 3(2), 123-142.
Dietrich, F. (2010). The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession. Ethics & Global Politics 3, 123-142.
Dietrich, F., 2010. The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession. Ethics & Global Politics, 3(2), p 123-142.
F. Dietrich, “The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession”, Ethics & Global Politics, vol. 3, 2010, pp. 123-142.
Dietrich, F.: The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession. Ethics & Global Politics. 3, 123-142 (2010).
Dietrich, Frank. “The status of Kosovo - reflections on the legitimacy of secession”. Ethics & Global Politics 3.2 (2010): 123-142.
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