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What Is State Failure? The Inadequacy Of Existing Legal Techniques To Deal With Failed States

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State failure is best defined as the incapacity of a State to perform its obligations towards its citizens and towards the international community in general. Failed States are characterized by an implosion of States structures, which results in the incapability of governmental authorities to perform their functions, including providing security, respecting the rule of law, exercising control, supplying education and health services, and maintaining economic and structural infrastructures. State failure is multifaceted and can be depicted as a continuum, as the State becomes progressively less capable of performing its functions and becomes more and more failed. State failure implies the possibility that a State cannot rather than does not want to perform its functions, even after its statehood is recognized. Moreover, State failure implies a gradation of sovereign capacity, while for international lawyers sovereignty either exists or it does not.

Keywords: international community; international lawyers; State failure



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