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Comment 27 by TreenonPoet

Roberts seems to suggest that the definition of 'state' is whatever the majority currently surmise!

The common law regarding the recognition of states was codified in the Montivideo Convention of 1933. A state does not need to be a signatory to be bound by the law (practical enforcement is a different issue).

The requirement that a state must have the "capacity to enter into relations with the other states" depends on the willingness of other states to enter into relations with it. Recognition by other states is, generally, a strong indication of legal statehood. (Think Taiwan)

The simple fact of the matter is that the Vatican is a state - whether we like it or not.

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 18:49:19 UTC | #516707