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Why "Palestine" Would Be a Dangerous Legal Fiction

by Louis René Beres (January 2015)


Many legal and practical problems are associated with the impending Palestinian "final demand" for statehood. Jurisprudentially, even if an expanding number of European states should jump on the "Palestine" bandwagon, and agree uniformly to recognize this 23rd Arab state, these actions would still have no authoritative legal effect. This is because, inter alia, the governing treaty on statehood - the Convention on the Rights and Duties of States (1934) stipulates a number of explicit criteria that always must be satisfied, irrespective of recognition.more>>>