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The Legality of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence under Canadian Law

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dc.contributor.author Webber, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-11T01:15:06Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-11T01:15:06Z
dc.date.copyright 1997 en_US
dc.date.issued 1997
dc.identifier.citation Webber, J. (1997). The legality of a unilateral declaration of independence under Canadian law. McGill Law Journal, 42(2), 281-318. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://lawjournal.mcgill.ca/en/issue/2161
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7793
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the legality of a unilateral declaration of independence ("U.D.I.") by Quebec under Canadian law. It first addresses the role of arguments of legality in comparison to broader arguments of legitimacy. It discusses what branch of the amending formula would apply to secession (if the amending formula does apply), and whether Aboriginal peoples' consent would be required. It evaluates a variety of alternative means of secession - secession by revolution, and claims that a U.D.L would be authorized by constitutional convention, by the compact theory of Confederation, by the incorporation of principles of international law, or by a direct appeal to democratic principle. Above all, it discusses whether the Canadian constitution's amending formula applies to the case of secession, and if so, whether it applies exhaustively. In the course of addressing this issue, it offers reflections on the role of constitutional norms, indeed on the nature of legal norms generally. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher McGill Law Journal en_US
dc.title The Legality of a Unilateral Declaration of Independence under Canadian Law en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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