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This introductory chapter of the book Unlawful Territorial Situations in International Law: Reconciling Effectiveness, Legality and Legitimacy preliminarily sets out the meaning of unlawful territorial situation as a legal category. This is best done through an analysis of the three terms 'unlawful', 'territorial' and 'situation' in their separate and joint meaning, to spell out a general working definition. The chapter then looks at the concept of effectiveness, showing its problematic nature of device of transformation of social realities into law. It raises some preliminary questions on the more sinister nature of legitimacy as a catalyst of successful transformation of illegal effectiveness into lawful situations. Finally, the chapter briefly describes the book's structure.

Keywords: International Law; legal category; legitimacy; unlawful territorial situations

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