Apr 24, 2021

Self-Determination, Remedial Secession and International Law: The Artsakh Crisis in Comparative Perspective

On 23 April 2020 at 9am Pacific Time, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), will be co-sponsoring an important dialogue with leading international law practitioners and scholars on the Artsakh crisis and questions of self-determination and independence.

Event Information:

Format: Webinar, panel discussion

Date: Thursday, April 29

Time: 9am Pacific Time

Register at: ucla.in/3sEJyHx

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Event Description:

Remedial secession, a process whereby a people can declare independence, is a nebulous concept in international law and there are many questions surrounding its practice.

When can a people declare independence? What is remedial secession and when may it apply? What lessons can Palestine, East Timor and Western Sahara teach us about the Artsakh crisis?

Bringing together leader scholars and practitioners of internatioanl law, the panel will examine issues of external self-determination and remedial secession in the context of the recent Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh conflict. The goal would be to place the Artsakh issue in comparative perspective and survey the state of international law and practice at present on cases of remedial secession.


  • John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Sheila Paylan, public international lawyer specializing in international criminal law, humanitarian law and human rights
  • Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History at UCLA
  • Milena Sterio, Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Co-Coordinator for Global Criminal Justice Partnerships at the Public International Law and Policy Group

Moderated by Asli Bâli, Professor and Faculty Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law

Remarks by Ralph J. Bunche, General Secretary, Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.


The event is co-sponsored by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law, UCLA Promise Armenian Institute, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, International & Comparative Law Program at UCLA Law, Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College, American Society of International Law, and the Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization.