Research Handbook on Territorial Disputes in International Law
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Research Handbook on Territorial Disputes in International Law

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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Chapter 3: The acquisition of derivative titles of territorial sovereignty in the law and practice of European colonial expansion

Mamadou Hébié

Abstract

In this chapter, Mamadou Hébié examines the conditions upon which colonial powers acquired derivative titles of sovereignty over territories belonging to local political entities. It reviews the different legal frameworks applicable to the use of force during colonial practice, as well as the legal significance of the agreements concluded between colonial powers and local political entities. Taking into account the possibility for acquiescence to create new territorial situations, the chapter examines the conditions under which a claim of acquiescence can prosper in such unequal relations such as those that often existed between colonial powers and local political entities.

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