Recognition of States

Author : VS Warrier
The growth of international law is best understood as an expanding process from a nucleus of entities which have accepted each other’s negative sovereignty and on the basis of consent, are prepared to maintain and possibly expand the scope of their legal relations like most clubs, the society of sovereign states is based on the principle of co-operation. In exercising these prerogative, the existing subjects of international law employ the device of recognition.

It is the free act by which one or more States acknowledges the existence of a definite territory of a human society politically organised independent of any other existing States and capable of observing obligations of international law by which they manifest through their intention to consider it a member of international community. Continue reading “Recognition of States”