In my thesis I deal with the position of de facto States in international law. I intend to examine significance of those units in the international legal order by a case study analysis.

Sava Jankovic

PhD Title:
De facto States in International Law

My primary areas of interests are rights of nations to self-determination, creation of states, state responsibility and questions of recognition.

In my thesis I deal with the position of de facto States in international law. I intend to examine significance of those units in the international legal order by a case study analysis. I will delve further into the value and effects of recognition. On a chosen examples of de facto States  South Ossetia, Northern Cyprus, Palestine, Western Sahara, and Kosovo) I will consider their current legal situation.

Historical examples are of no less importance as they signal a change that has been mad in this regard (Katanga, Biafra, Croatia during the war). Therefore the main aim of my research is scrutiny of disadvantages that de facto States face in relations with other international legal persons, and the analysis will include the difficulties that inhabitants of de facto States encounter by the fact that their States are not recognized. Finally I will endeavour to propose viable solutions to the current unprivileged legal situation.