Vahid Aliyev

Master of Laws (LLM), University College London (UCL)
Expert in International Law

The case of Nagorno-Karabakh

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ccording to Boczek’s International Law Dictionary (see: Boleslaw Boczek, International Law: A Dictionary (Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2005), uti possidetis can be defined as the principle that refers to the transformation of former administrative borders of dissolved states or a colonial empire into international boundaries of newly independent states.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, various ethnic conflicts emerged in the post-Soviet space, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. One of these unresolved conflicts is that between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, generally considered a ‘frozen conflict’.

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