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Reflections on the application of the principle of Inviolability of African Boundaries and the rise of secessionist flags in Africa

Title
Reflections on the application of the principle of Inviolability of African Boundaries and the rise of secessionist flags in Africa
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Wafula Okumu # Kenya International Boundaries Office
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Date and Time
25th Oct 2017 16:00 - 25th Oct 2017 17:30
Location
Seminar Room 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2017_2018/reflections_on_the_application_of_the_principle_of_inviolability_of_african_boundaries_and_the_rise_of_secessionist_flags_in_africa

The presentation considers the importance of the principle of inviolability of colonially-inherited boundaries in Africa, and shows that its application has weak doctrinal foundations. While this principle has been successfully used to wade off territorial and boundary conflicts since 1964, it has also criminalized territorial changes that could occur as a result of the self-determination of peoples.

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