The Long Intervention in Kosovo: A Self-Determination Imperative?

Research output: Working paper


This paper argues that in order to understand the willingness of many states to recognise Kosovo as a new state, an act that flies in the face of the post-war consensus on the illegality of secession, we need to return to the 1998-99 Kosovo crisis and address the dynamics that informed foreign intervention at that time. We will argue that this intervention was motivated as much by a self-determination imperative – whereby foreign powers sought a detailed realignment of the Yugoslav constitution – as by humanitarian concerns.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh, School of Law, Working Papers
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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