Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Roy E. Thoman

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Making use of historical accounts, and principles of international law and politics, Lee C. Buchheit examines one of the most intractable and perplexing problems of this era: self-determination, The author is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as editor of the law review. The recipient of a fellowship to study public international law, Buchheit received a diploma in international law from Cambridge University in 1976. The focus of his book is on the implications for the world community of appeals to the principle of self-determination by secessionist elements within independent states. An effort is made to explore the status within international law of claims to secessionist self-determination and to suggest considerations that might influence a collective international decision regarding the legitimacy of these claims