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The two successions in Czechoslovakia's recent history contain important data on the contemporary practice relating to state succession and commercial obligations. The Velvet Revolution provides information on the impact of a succession that is unaccompanied by a change in the international legal personality of a state. The CSFR's consensual disintegration in 1993 is a useful study alongside the Hong Kong and Macau successions, which were consensual but which occurred some five years later at the other side of the world. The Velvet Revolution was a relevant event under the law of state succession and commercial obligations. The successions relating to Czechoslovakia confirm and develop many of the conditioning factors identified in the earlier analyses of the successions relating to East Timor, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as of the 1978 Convention and the Vienna Convention on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives and Debts of 1983.

Keywords: Czechoslovakia; East Timor; Hong Kong; Macau successions; state succession; Velvet Revolution



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