Sovereignty Referendums in International and Constitutional Law

  • İlker Gökhan Şen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. İlker Gökhan Şen
    Pages 1-5
  3. Theorising the Sovereignty Referendums

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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    3. İlker Gökhan Şen
      Pages 49-68
  4. Sovereignty Referendums: A Legal Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. İlker Gökhan Şen
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    4. İlker Gökhan Şen
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    5. İlker Gökhan Şen
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-298

About this book


This book focuses on sovereignty referendums, which have been used throughout different historical periods of democratization, decolonization, devolution, secession and state creation. Referendums on questions of sovereignty and self-determination have been a significant element of the international political and legal landscape since the French Revolution, and have been a central element in the resolution of territorial issues from the referendum in Avignon in 1791 until today. More recent examples include Quebec, East Timor, New Caledonia, Puerto Rico and South Sudan. The global aim of this book is to achieve a better empirical and legal understanding of sovereignty referendums and related problems in international and national law and politics. Accordingly, it presents readers a comprehensive study of sovereignty referendums from the perspectives of both international and constitutional law.


Constituent power Constitutional law Decolonisation Democracy Foundation of a state Founding of state Legitimacy Nationhood Plebiscite Recognition of states Referendum Secession Sovereignty State creation State formation

Authors and affiliations

  • İlker Gökhan Şen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawAnadolu UniversityEskisehirTurkey

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