The main objectives of this study are:
1) To critically appraise the supposed tension between ‘territorial integrity’ on the one hand,
and the peoples’ right to self-determination as a basis for secession.
2) To demonstrate that the current position of the law is tactically vague and crippling to the
international efforts for a better and peaceful world for all.
3) To draw lessons from the practice of the United Nations and other regional bodies in
diffusing violent conflict and maintaining peace where secession claims have taken
4) To suggest an edifice for the permanent mandate of the United Nations to deal with
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law University of Pretoria, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Law (LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa). Prepared under the supervision of Dr Ben Twinomugisha, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda.
LLM Dissertation (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa -- University of Pretoria, 2009.