Master's Theses

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Department

International Relations

Keywords

Kosovo, New states, Independence

Abstract

The case of Kosovo's independence raised concern regarding setting a precedence for other pro self-determination movements in the world. The critical question is if the Kosovo case actually sets a precedent for these movements or if it is a unique case due to its sui generis situation. This paper is an attempt to analyze the legality and the legitimate right of Kosovo to become an independent state. The study examines the phenomenon of the creation of new states in the world, looking at historical events such as decolonization and the dissolution of communist countries in Eastern Europe. In addition, I have included facts describing the continuous acts of genocide perpetrated by Serbs over the years and the ethnic cleansing and expulsion of Albanian populations through the centuries. Equally important is the analysis of Kosovo‟s status within the 1974 Constitution and its abolition, which in one way started the dissolution of the SFRY. This paper concludes that Kosovo has a historical and legal right to be independent due to its uniqueness in suffering a long history of genocide, ethnic cleansing, the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, the extended period of the United Nations administration, and the United Nations negotiations toward independence with international support.

 
 

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