Trends and Prospects of Autonomy and Federalism as Devices for Balancing Self-Determination and State Sovereignty

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Markku Suksi
Place: Makati City, Manila
Publication year: 2016
Book title: Global Autonomy, Governance and Federalism Forum 2016
Start page: 19
End page: 20
ISSN: 2243-8165-16-17


There is
an increasing number of autonomy arrangements and federations in the
world, and this means that there is an increasing number of instances of
distribution of legislative powers between the centre and the sub-state
entity. This does not mean that the state as a sovereign entity is
being dismantled, because international law still protects the
sovereignty of the state, in part also on the basis of the right to
self-determination: there is no right to secession except perhaps under
very particular circumstances. Because this continues to be the case,
states should be able to adopt a relaxed attitude towards the grant of
autonomy or creation of federalism. Particularly for autonomy
arrangements, it should even be possible to consider allowing autonomous
entities to participate in suitable ways in the exercise of foreign
powers of the state, but obviously within the constraints of
international law and within the material area of the powers of the
sub-state entity. The representation of the population of a sub-state
entity at an international level is entirely possible and increasingly


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