Parution : 03/2024
Editeur : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 978-0-1988-8292-3
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The Identity of Governments in International Law

Niko Pavlopoulos

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The Identity of Governments in International Law provides a comprehensive account of the international legal regulation of governmental status. It examines the fundamental conceptual aspects of the government of a state in international law, before analysing the law concerning the recognition of governments and the criteria for governmental status under customary international law. It also explores matters concerning the identity of governments in the context of international organizations.

Presenting the positive international legal framework concerning the regulation of governmental status, the book engages extensively with historical and contemporary examples, such as the rival governments of Cambodia (1970-75; 1979-89, 1997-98); the recognition of the Taliban (1996-2001; and again beginning in 2021); and the contested identity of Venezuela's president (beginning in 2019). Given the pre-eminence of states in international law and the importance of governments to the representation of states, the systematic examination of practice grounded in solid conceptual foundations renders this book a useful reference point for scholars and practitioners in all fields of international law and beyond.

Niko Pavlopoulos is an Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice. He holds a PhD and an LLM in international law from University College London (UCL) and an LLB from the University of Southampton, with a year at KU Leuven. Before joining the Court, Niko was a Teaching Fellow at UCL and Durham University. Niko has also taught at the University of Surrey. He has also undertaken work for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, Media Defence, and several academics and practitioners of international law.




2:The Concept of 'the Government' of a State in International Law

3:The Recognition of Governments

4:The International Legal Criteria for Governmental Status

5:Questions Concerning Governments in International Organizations


Oxford Monographs in International Law , 288 pages.  £90.00