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Unpublished Paper
"Remnants of Past Troubles:" Self-Government Among Territories
ExpressO (2008)
  • Alan Tauber, University of South Carolina

The United Nations has declared 2001-2010 the Second Decade for the Elimination of Colonialism. In order to achieve this goal, the 16 remaining non-self-governing territories identified under Article 73 of the UN Charter must achieve self-government. But how is the UN to determine when that goal has been achieved? It is the argument of this article that the current definitions promulgated by the UN fail to provide any clear guidance, and conducts an empirical analysis, utilizing Qualitative Comparative Analysis, to compare non-self-governing territories and self-governing territories. It finds that the UN’s lists of factors of self-government fail to provide an adequate explanation for why some territories are universally recognized to be self-governing, while others are still viewed as colonies of larger powers. It concludes with a new list of factors that can be used to make a principled determination of when a territory becomes self-governing.

  • international law,
  • territories,
  • self-government,
  • self-determination,
  • colonialism
Publication Date
February 26, 2008
Citation Information
Alan Tauber. ""Remnants of Past Troubles:" Self-Government Among Territories" ExpressO (2008)
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