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(p. 71) 4. States as the Primary Subjects of International Law 

(p. 71) 4. States as the Primary Subjects of International Law
(p. 71) 4. States as the Primary Subjects of International Law

Antonio Cassese

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date: 30 May 2020

This chapter begins with a brief review of traditional and new subjects in international law. States and insurgents are ‘traditional’ subjects of the international community, in the sense that they have been the dramatis personae (the characters of the play) on the international scene since its inception. In the twentieth century, and increasingly after the Second World War, other poles of interest and activity have gained international status. They are: international organizations, national liberation movements, and individuals. The emergence of these relatively ‘new’ subjects is a distinct feature of modern international law. The discussion then covers the commencement of the existence of States; the role of recognition; and continuity and termination of the existence of States.

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