Item description for Autonomy and Demilitarisation in International Law:The Aland Islands in a Changing Europe by Lauri Hannikainen...
The Aland Islands constitute a very special case in international law. This island territory under Finland's sovereignty has been demilitarised and neutralised for more than one hundred and forty years and autonomous for more than seventy years. In 1921 the Council of the League of Nations laid down international guarantees for the autonomy and the Swedish character of Aland, and a multilateral convention on Aland's demilitarisation and neutralisation was concluded in the same year. The convention is still in force and Aland's autonomy is firmly anchored in both customary international law and Finnish constitutional law. This volume is the first to give a comprehensive analysis of Aland's international legal status. Several articles analyse the status and content of this autonomy and a number of other articles deal with military issues. Perhaps the most topical article deals with the relationship between Aland and the EU. The solution achieved for Aland may provide a valuable model of autonomy. This book is important not only for experts and students of international law, but for anyone who is concerned with territorial autonomy as a possible means for enhancing political rights of minorities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 1997
ISBN 904110271X ISBN13 9789041102713