The literature on the recognition of states, a foundational topic of public international law, is truly vast. But the literature on de-recognition, the withdrawal of recognition once given, is measured, not in books, but in paragraphs. This is the first Article to systematically explore the question of de-recognition. It does so by examining a peculiar—indeed, genuinely strange—ongoing case study of a series of de-recognitions of Kosovo as a state. De-recognitions are by any account an exceptional phenomenon in international practice. The recognition of a new state is, by contrast, perfectly commonplace. It is an act by which the recognizing state acknowledges that a new sovereign political entity is born and possesses the attributes of statehood.
De-recognition of States: The Case of Kosovo, Vol. 53
17 Apr 2022