Secession is a detachment of a territory from an existing state with the aim of creating a new state on the detached territory. Secession is usually an outcome of the political mobilization of a population on the territory to be detached and, as a political phenomenon, is a subject of study in the social sciences. Its impact on inter-state relations is a subject of study in international relations. But secession is also subject to regulation both in the constitutional law of sovereign states and in international law. Following a spate of secessions in the early 1990s, legal scholars have proposed a variety of ways to regulate the international responses to attempts at secessions. Moreover, since the 1980s normative justification of secession has been subject to an intense debate among political theorists and moral philosophers. This research companion has the following three complementary aims. First, to offer an overview of the current theoretical approaches to secession in the social sciences, international relations, legal theory, political theory and applied ethics. Second, to outline the current practice of international recognition of secession and current domestic and international laws which regulate secession. Third, to offer an account of major secessionist movements - past and present - from a comparative perspective. In their accounts of past secessions and current secessionist movements, the contributors to this volume focus on the following four components: the nature and source of secessionist grievances, the ideologies and techniques of secessionist mobilization, the responses of the host state or majority parties in the host state, and the international response to attempts at secession. This provides a basis for identification of at least some common patterns in the otherwise highly varied processes of secession.

chapter |7 pages

Introduction: What Is Secession?

ByAleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan

part Part I|87 pages

Introduction to Secession

chapter 1|12 pages

Secession and International Order

ByJames Mayall

chapter 2|22 pages

The History of Secession: An Overview

ByBridget L. Coggins

chapter 3|35 pages

Explaining Secession1

ByDavid S. Siroky

part Part II|87 pages

Secessions: Past and Present

part |85 pages

Introduction to Part II

part Part III|113 pages

Secession in Context

part |111 pages

Introduction to Part III

chapter 11|19 pages

Secession and Ethnic Conflict

ByKeiichi Kubo

chapter 12|24 pages

Secession and Political Violence

BySiniša Malešević, Niall Ó Dochartaigh

chapter 14|17 pages

The International Relations of Secession1

ByStephen M. Saideman

chapter 15|13 pages

Secession and Contested States1

ByDeon Geldenhuys

part Part IV|80 pages

Secession: Legal Perspectives

part |78 pages

Introduction to Part IV

chapter 16|17 pages

Secession and Territorial Borders: The Role of Law

ByMärta C. Johanson

chapter 17|11 pages

International Law and the Right of Unilateral Secession

ByPeter Radan

chapter 18|11 pages

Secession in Constitutional Law

ByPeter Radan

chapter 19|19 pages

To Constitutionalize or Not? Secession as Materiae Constitutionis

ByMiodrag A. Jovanović

chapter 20|14 pages

Secession and State Succession

ByTom Grant

part V|74 pages

Secession: Normative Approaches

part |72 pages

Introduction to Part V

chapter 21|13 pages

Internal Self-Determination and Secession

ByMichel Seymour

chapter 22|13 pages

Remedial Theories of Secession

ByReinold Schmücker

chapter 23|14 pages

Choice Theories of Secession

ByDavid D. Speetzen, Christopher Heath Wellman

chapter 24|12 pages

Secession and Domination

ByJohn McGarry, Margaret Moore

chapter 25|14 pages

The Right to Secede: Do We Really Need It?

ByAleksandar Pavković

part Part VI|93 pages

Secessions and Secessionist Movements in the World

part |91 pages

Introduction to Part VI

chapter |37 pages


ByAleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan

chapter |13 pages


ByAleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan

chapter |17 pages


ByAleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan

chapter |19 pages

Rest of the World

ByAleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan