The creation of states in international law james r crawford abstract the increase in the number of states in the 20th century has not abated in recent years the independence of many small territories comprising the residue of the european colonial empires alone accounts for a major increase in states since 1979 while the disintegration of yugoslavia and the ussr in the early 1990s . The second edition of the creation of states in international law is a considerably expanded and updated version of the first edition which was published in 1979 a great deal has happened in international law and international relations affecting the creation of states during this period of nearly 30 years. 174 extinction merger and the creation of new states 1 voluntary absorption the german democratic republic 2 extinction by merger yemen 3 extinction by voluntary dissolution the czech and slovak federal republic 4 extinction by involuntary dissolution the sfry and its successor states 175 international law and the survival of states. It is the fact that international law itself does not create states by way of some legislative fiat rather it merely has a role in acknowledging them which already been put in place this . The creation of states in international law second edition james r crawford provides the authoritative treatment of statehood in the field of international law includes exhaustive coverage of state practice provides a unique legal perspective on pressing concerns of international relations eg chechnya kosovo palestine taiwan and tibet new to this edition coverage of kosovo
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