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Conceptualizing National Identity in Self-Determination Practice A Cross-Cutting International Law Analysis

Pentassuglia, G (2023) Conceptualizing National Identity in Self-Determination Practice A Cross-Cutting International Law Analysis. Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law, 11 (1). pp. 238-270. ISSN 2666-2701

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While national identity disputes continue to proliferate – from secessionist claims to controversial ideas of national autonomy and indigenous sovereignty – there has hardly been any international cross-cutting (theoretically-driven) analysis of national identity issues per se, and hardly any conceptual assessment informed by legal (mainly adjudicatory) international (and international-related) practice. Drawing on international law and interdisciplinary scholarship, the aim of the inquiry is to fill this gap by offering a selective intertemporal investigation into, and articulation of, the hybridity with which international legal discourse has responded to such pressures in the context of definitional and conceptual matters linked to the right of ‘peoples’ to self-determination. Against general baseline meanings of ‘civic’ and ‘cultural’ national identity, I will subdivide the analysis into five broad areas of discussion, seeking to uncover the conceptual dimensions of peoplehood (and nationhood) debates in specific judicial/institutional settings, to expose their complexities, and to indicate a way forward. I will argue that there has been a move over time towards a more substantive view of national identity in international law, yet no universal or automatic test of peoplehood or nationhood applies to it; and that such a hybrid move should be viewed as neither a concession to ethnocentrism, nor merely a form of legal argumentation used to soften or even eradicate the ‘elemental force’ of national claims.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Koninklijke Boom uitgevers
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2023 14:47
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.5553/HYIEL/266627012023011001018
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21449
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