Globalisation and New Political Rights. Emerging contradictions of rights to membership, self-determination and secession

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 4200000 SEK


The purpose of this project is to investigate?empirically as well as normatively?the afforcement of a number of new political rights: the right to inclusion, self-determination and secession. Two research questions will structure the study. The first is descriptive and concerns the extent to which a new set of political rights have been institutionalized, politically and legally, by contemporary nation-states. The second question is normative and concerns if and when rights to inclusion, self-determination and secession ought to be recognised. The project will be carried through in two steps that follow from the two research questions presented above: The first is a descriptive analysis of the standing of the rights to membership, self-determination and secession in the international community and in individual nation-states. Methodologically, this calls for a comparative approach used in all studies in the inquiry of the relationship between international law and the policies of individual states with respect to membership, secession and self-determination. The second is a normative evaluation of these rights. This investigation will be carried out by applying normative theory to actual legal norms and policies in each of the separate studies. The point here is not primarily to evaluate empirical cases, although that will be done as well. The principal point is, rather, to make use of empirical cases for theoretical reflection and development.

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