National Liberation Movements and the UN: Favour Won and Lost?

  • Stefanie Herr
Part of the Global Issues book series (GLOISS)


The tension between the right to self-determination and the principle of state sovereignty has important implications for national liberation struggles all around the world. During the 1960s and 1970s, liberation movements came to be widely recognised as legitimate. In later decades, however, this international support waned. Decolonisation had offered a unique window of opportunity: not only did it provide a normative framework that could unite disparate groups from all over the world, it also created additional opportunities for mobilising support and expanding dissidents’ pool of resources. Once this normative framework had disappeared, the movements were no longer able to unite in their struggle. As ‘lone warriors’, they could not generate the same level of support and sovereignty re-emerged as the dominant principle of global order.


United Nations Normative Order Geneva Convention Territorial Integrity State Sovereignty 
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  1. 1.Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)Frankfurt am MainGermany

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