A new volume of Brill: “Law, Territory and Conflict Resolution: Law as a Problem and Law as a Solution” (eds. Nicolini M., Palermo F., Milano E.) includes a chapter authored by the ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Alexander Osipov. The chapter entitled: “Studying Territorial Autonomy as a Multiplicity of Ways to Institutionalise Ethnicity” addresses territorial autonomous arrangements as a mechanism for the accommodation of ethnic diversity.
Dr. Osipov starts a discussion on the topic with a statement that demands for autonomy arrangements are expected to grow in number in conflict prone areas, however, “related political and scholarly debates reveal shortcomings of the dominant approaches”. Osipov introduces a term of “ethnic territorial autonomous arrangements” (ETAAs) and talks about ETAAs as institutionalization of ethnicity, presenting related normative and empirical studies and the scope of institutionalization and symbolic production.
About the volume
Prompted by the de facto secession of Crimea in early 2014, Law, Territory and Conflict Resolution explores the role of law in territorial disputes, and therefore sheds light on the legal ‘realities’ in territorial conflicts. Seventeen scholars with backgrounds in comparative constitutional law and international law critically reflect on the well-established assumption that law is ‘part of the solution’ in territorial conflicts and ask whether the law cannot equally be ‘part of the problem’. The volume examines theory, practice, legislation and jurisprudence from various case studies, thus offering further insights on the following complex issue: can law act as an effective instrument for the governance of territorial disputes and conflicts?