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Marcelo G. Kohen

This chapter reviews the different types of titles to territory, focusing on those relating to territorial sovereignty. It discusses some doctrinal theories that have been controversial, such as the historical consolidation of titles and acquisitive prescription. It follows a discussion on the content and scope of the exercise of state authority over a territory, known by the French term effectivités. It concludes with an analysis of the relationship between titles and effectivités. A table summarizing the titles of territorial sovereignty is appended to this chapter.

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Marcelo G. Kohen

This timely research review discusses key articles dealing with the importance of territory for international law in its relationship with power, state building and globalization. The review also analyses the evolution and scope of the law of acquisition of territory from colonial times until today, the emergence of new areas for the territorial expansion of states and border delimitation rules. Finally, the review investigates the impact of the human dimension in the way international law addresses territorial issues, particularly the individual and collective human rights, including indigenous peoples and the right to self-determination.
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Edited by Marcelo G. Kohen and Mamadou Hébié

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Marcelo G. Kohen and Mamadou Hébié

Territorial conflicts have always been at the core of international relations. The manner in which international law deals with them reveals the character of the legal system. The acquisition of territorial sovereignty is built around the two main cornerstones: the pre-eminence of title over effectivités and the critical importance of the requirement of consent in modifying situations.

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Edited by Marcelo G. Kohen and Mamadou Hébié

Despite globalization and the increasingly transnational character of human activities, territorial disputes remain a significant source of tensions in international relations and constitute a large share of inter-state cases brought before international tribunals and courts. The Research Handbook on Territorial Disputes in International Law analyses the concepts, technical rules, and norms applicable to territorial disputes.
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Marcelo G. Kohen and Mamadou Hébié

In this introduction, Marcelo G. Kohen and Mamadou Hébié present the topic and explain the main methodological choices that the editors have made to structure the international law framework applicable to territorial disputes.