What is self-determination?



Understanding Self-Determination: The Basics

Karen Parker


Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

What is self-determination?  NEW

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

Self-Determination - Reading Assignments  NEW

Seminar in International Politics, Princeton University

Why are the Tibetan people entitled to self-determination?

Tibet: The Right to Self-Determination

Lodi G. Gyari

Is Tibet entitled to self-determination?

Steve Harris

Occupied Tibet: The Case in International Law

Eva Herzer

The Case Concerning Tibet: Tibet's Sovereignty and the Tibetan People's Right to Self-Determination

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization &

Tibet Justice Center

Self-determination and the Tibetan Issue

Kalon Tashi Wandi

Self-Determination in Tibet: The Politics of Remedies

Daniel Smith

Tibetan People’s Right to Self-Determination

Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre

The Question of Self-Determination: The Cases of East Timor, Tibet and Western Sahara

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Right to Self-Determination: Special Reference to Tibet

Legal India

Self Determination: A Case for Tibet NEW

Tsewang Phuntsok

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law - Tibet

Michael C Davis

What are possible implementations of self-determination?

Options for Tibet’s Future Political Status: Self-Governance through An Autonomous Arrangement

Eva Herzer, Tibet Justice Center

Establishing a Workable Autonomy in Tibet

Michael C. Davis, Human Rights Quarterly

Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People

Central Tibetan Administration

Note on the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People

Central Tibetan Administration


Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre

Autonomy & The Tibetan Perspective

Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre

The Realist Case for Tibetan Autonomy

Paula Dobriansky

The implementation of the right to self-determination as a contribution to conflict prevention

UNESCO Conference Report, 1998

China's Policy on Tibetan Autonomy  NEW

Warren Smith, East-West Center, 2004

What are the considerations relating to indigenous peoples and minority nationalities in China?

Indigenous Affairs: Self-Determination  NEW

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, 2001

Is There Space for “Genuine Autonomy” for Tibetan Areas in the PRC's System of Nationalities Regional Autonomy?  NEW

Yash Ghai, Sophia Woodman, Kelley Loper, 2010

China: Minority Exclusion,

Marginalization and Rising Tensions  NEW

Human Rights in China, commissioned by Minority Rights Group International, 2007

What books have been written about self-determination?

Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-Determination: Moral Foundations for International Law by Allen Buchanan, Oxford University Press, 2007

Negotiating Self-Determination by Eileen F. Babbitt, Lexington Books, 2005

Self-Determination and National Minorities by Thomas D. Musgrave, Oxford University Press, 2000

Self-Determination of Peoples: A Legal Reappraisal by Antonio Cassese, Cambridge University Press, 1999

Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights by Hurst Hannum, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996

What other organizations are involved with self-determination efforts?

Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs supports teaching, research, and publication about issues related to and emerging from self-determination.

Kreddha is a non-profit organization guided by a council of eminent persons from all parts of the world, dedicated to the prevention and sustainable resolution of (violent) conflicts between population groups and the government of states within which they live.

IWGIA is an independent international membership organization staffed by specialists and advisers that supports indigenous peoples' struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development.

Minority Rights Group International is the leading international human rights organization working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people around the world.

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organization. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognized or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

Tibetan UN Advocacy is an NGO based in Geneva that aims to educate Tibetans about the United Nations and ensure effective participation by Tibetans at UN forums.

International Network for Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT)is a network of over 130 parliamentarians in more than 30 countries that adopted the “Rome Declaration on Tibet” in 2009 and lobby on behalf of the Tibetan people.

The Dui Hua Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving universal human rights by means of a well-informed dialogue between the United States and China.

What are other useful resources?

Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre

U.S. Government and Legislative Advocacy

International Campaign for Tibet

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