Seceding from Failed States: Reconsidering the Case of Somaliland

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This chapter studies Somaliland’s attempted secession from its parent state while considering the impact of Somalia’s status as a failed state on this issue. It begins with a synopsis of Somalia’s colonial history and the civil war following decolonisation, before briefly considering Somaliland’s unilateral declaration of independence and the contemporary state of affairs. Thereafter it explores the principle of effectiveness and the complications occasioned by failed states before moving onto the topic of self-determination and a potential right to secession
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Secession
EditorsJure Vidmar, Sarah McGibbon, Lea Raible
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781788971744
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022

Publication series

SeriesResearch Handbooks in International Law series


  • Somaliland
  • self-determination
  • secession
  • failed states
  • Effectiveness research
  • recognition

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