“Act of Recognition of Statehood”

Definition

The concept “Act of Recognition of Statehood” (hereafter “Act of Recognition”) refers to the action by which one existing state:​

  1. Formally acknowledges the political status of another entity as a state; and

  2. Takes upon itself the legal consequences of this recognition under international law in its relations with the new state.

Background – Recognition of Statehood under International Law


In order to accede to the status of a “Sovereign State”, a political entity requires both (See “Accession to Statehood”):​​

  1. The positive attitudes of existing states, i.e. de jure recognition; and

  2. “Effectiveness” of the new state, i.e. de facto control over its territory and population.

  3. The practice of recognition may be viewed as emanating from two distinct theories:

Tags

Two State Solution, Diaspora Relations, Delegitimization, Partner for Peace, Emergency Management

2006-04-01

Concepts and Terms

National Security

Regional Security

The Act of Recognition signifies that the existing state takes upon itself to treat the recognized entity as a Sovereign State.

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