Catalonia and international law

Catalonia and international law 7
Catalonia and international law 7

On the evening of October 27 (local time – early morning of October 28 Vietnam time), supporters of the independent autonomous region of Catalonia took to the streets to watch fireworks in Barcelona.

At 3:27 p.m. on October 27, with 70 votes in favor, 10 votes against and two abstentions, the Catalan regional parliament (135 members) passed a resolution declaring Catalonia to become `an independent country in the form of a state`.

The declaration of independence has no practical value

International law consultant Jean-Claude Piris in Brussels (Belgium), former Director of Legal Services of the Council of Europe for 23 years, affirmed that any entity has the right to declare independence,

The International Court of Justice also found that this act of unilaterally declaring independence did not violate international law because it was only a declaration of intention.

Expert Jean-Claude Piris affirmed that no country will recognize the independent nation of Catalonia, in the end this is just a worthless statement.

Professor of international law Marcelo Kohen at the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland) affirmed that international law will not recognize the declaration of independence of the autonomous region of Catalonia.

Catalonia cited the case of Kosovo’s parliament declaring independence from Serbia in February 2008 despite Serbia’s opposition to justify its act of declaring independence.

Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont according to a cartoon by Joep Bertrams (Dutch newspaper The Netherlands).

Assuming that if countries recognize Catalonia’s independence, according to EU law, a country formed by secession from an EU country will not automatically be considered to belong to the EU.

Thus, EU law will continue to apply in Catalonia.

Can we apply the right of national self-determination?

What if Catalonia invokes the right of national self-determination?

In the 1950s and 1960s, African peoples used their right to self-determination to declare independence, breaking free from the shackles of colonialism.

Professor of international law Stefan Talmon at the University of Bonn (Germany) explained that according to international law, a people in a nation-state cannot use the right of national self-determination.

In short, ethnic minorities cannot invoke the right of national self-determination.

If Catalonia believes that international law neither allows nor prohibits secession, the issue can be handled by national law and the Spanish constitution does not recognize unilateral secession.

According to Da Thao

City Law.

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