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Title: State reconstruction in international law : conjuring with political independence
Author: Saul, Matthew William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 2380
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2008
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This is a study about large-scale international involvement in the reconstruction of a state without an independently effective domestic government. Specifically how the practice in Cambodia, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, Kosoyo, East Timor, Afghanistan, and Iraq, relates to the right of the target state and its people to political independence. The international involvement, particularly its legal justification, is analysed from the perspective of the right to political independence and the core UN system values of self-determination of peoples and international peace. From this analysis, an opinion is formed on what explains intenlational acceptance of a practice that struggles to remain consistent with the legal structures and political values of the inter-sovereign relations paradigm of the international system. This is argued to rest on the pursuit of democratic reconstruction. The absence of a legal concept of democracy, in the practice analysed, is the basis for the thesis that: when there is not an independently effective domestic government, there is a need for greater international legal regulation and accountability of those - both the domestic and international actors - that exercise the right to political independence for the purpose of state reconstruction. This is to compensate for the lack of assurance that the process reflects the wishes of the state and its people, which is a threat to the core UN system values of self-determination of peoples and international peace.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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