Peace Agreements in Civil Wars of Secession

Led by Cecilie Hellestveit

Jan 2003 – Dec 2004

This project for a doctoral dissertation in international law will undertake a study of peace agreements concluded between states and secessionist minorities aspiring for independance. The thesis aims at analyzing the process of recognition of non-state contracting parties (ethnic, religious or other minority groups) as legal subjects under international law during peace processes, and assess the extent to which the dialectical relationship between humanitarian law, the international human rights regime and the evolving international criminal law have affected the legal norms governing the grey zone between intrastate and inter-state war.

Supervisor at PRIO: Gregory Reichberg

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