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Nationalism and the Right of Self­Determination

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This chapter outlines a number of concepts which are essential for a study of self-determination in international law. First, the chapter provides a brief explanation of the terms “people”, “nation”, “population”, “minority”, “indigenous people” and “country”. Next, it examines the doctrines of nationalism and national self-determination and their impact on international law. Further, the chapter considers the hand in glove relationship between the national ties used to identify a nation and many legal principles. It provides the reader with both the vocabulary and the underlying philosophy behind the interaction between nationalism and international law. Political ties have an important but complex relationship with nations and nationalism. Political ties not only seem to have a defining role in self-determination, they also readily relate to the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the inviolability of frontiers.

Keywords: International Law; legal principles; nationalism; political ties; self-determination; territorial integrity

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