Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Re-Defining Legitimate Statehood: International Law and State Fragmentation in Africa

Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Re-Defining Legitimate Statehood: International Law and State... BOOK REVIEWS 155 transnational corporations (TNCs) and armed opposition groups challenge the viability of the State, national governments remain the principal guarantee against abuses of human rights by non-State entities’ and ‘strong governments should not be seen as enemy of human rights’ (pp. 194–95). That is true but referring back to Donnelly’s contribution, one can conclude that the best guarantor of human rights is a liberal-democratic welfare state. Those who are enthusiastic about self-determination (understood by many as a right to seces- sion) would benefit from Rhoda Howard’s contribution Tightened Identity and the Right to Self-Determination . This reviewer is in complete agreement with her that ‘the right of peoples to self-determination is at once a liber- ating and a very threatening principle’ (p. 63). Concentrating her attention on Quebec, Howard shows how many complicated problems raises the relatively civilised divorce attempts of the Quebecois in Canada. Indicative is also the position of the Parti Québécois that the sovereign borders of Quebec may not be negotiated and that its territorial integrity must be protected while sover- eign borders of Canada may be re-negotiated. This means, for example, that the Cree aboriginal people who shortly before the 1995 Quebec http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Non-State Actors and International Law (continued in International Community Law Review) Brill

Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Re-Defining Legitimate Statehood: International Law and State Fragmentation in Africa

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Brill
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© 2001 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1567-7125
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1571-8077
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10.1163/15718070121003509
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BOOK REVIEWS 155 transnational corporations (TNCs) and armed opposition groups challenge the viability of the State, national governments remain the principal guarantee against abuses of human rights by non-State entities’ and ‘strong governments should not be seen as enemy of human rights’ (pp. 194–95). That is true but referring back to Donnelly’s contribution, one can conclude that the best guarantor of human rights is a liberal-democratic welfare state. Those who are enthusiastic about self-determination (understood by many as a right to seces- sion) would benefit from Rhoda Howard’s contribution Tightened Identity and the Right to Self-Determination . This reviewer is in complete agreement with her that ‘the right of peoples to self-determination is at once a liber- ating and a very threatening principle’ (p. 63). Concentrating her attention on Quebec, Howard shows how many complicated problems raises the relatively civilised divorce attempts of the Quebecois in Canada. Indicative is also the position of the Parti Québécois that the sovereign borders of Quebec may not be negotiated and that its territorial integrity must be protected while sover- eign borders of Canada may be re-negotiated. This means, for example, that the Cree aboriginal people who shortly before the 1995 Quebec

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Non-State Actors and International Law (continued in International Community Law Review)Brill

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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