The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement: Evolving the Principle of Self-Determination
Central to this article is the evolution of the nature of the principle of self-determination. The main focus will be on the examination of a recent instance of state practice — the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement. In particular, the way in which the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement has given effect to the primary elements of self-determination, including democratic self-government, the protection of human rights, and the protection of minority rights will be discussed.
Key Words: democracy; human rights; Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Peace Agreement; self-determination.
1 Paul R. Williams is Assistant Professor of Law and International Relations, American University, Washington D.C., USA; Ph.D. University of Cambridge, UK (1998); J.D. Stanford Law School, USA (1990); former legal advisor to the Bosnian delegation during the Dayton Peace Negotiations; and former Attorney-Advisor in the US Department of State's Office of the Legal Advisor for European and Canadian Affairs (1991–1993). Sabrineh Ardalan is Junior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C., USA.; and B.A. History and International Studies, Yale University, USA (1997).