National Self-Determination: A Sub-and Inter-Statist Conception

Chaim Gans*

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The right of national groups to self-government should be universally conceived of in sub-statist forms. Instead of interpreting the right to national self-determination in terms of independent statehood, it should in all cases be conceived of as a package of privileges to which each national group is entitled in its main geographic location, normally within the state that coincides with its homeland. According to this sub-statist conception, self-determination is not a right of majority nations within states vis-a-vis national minorities, but rather a right of homeland groups vis-a-vis non-homeland groups. It is a right to which each national group in the world is entitled, and which must be realized in at least one place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-205
Number of pages21
JournalCanadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2000


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