Professor Mikulas Fabry received his BA in international relations from the University of Toronto and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Dr. Fabry's research and teaching interests revolve around moral and legal dimensions of international politics, especially those pertaining to sovereignty, self-determination, democracy, and territory. His major research focus has been on questions of state, governmental and territorial legitimacy in international relations. He is the author of Recognizing States: International Society and the Establishment of New States since 1776 (Oxford University Press, 2010), multiple chapters in edited volumes, and articles in Ethnopolitics, German Law Journal, International Theory, Nationalities Papers, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Millennium, and Global Society. His current book project is on the idea and historical practice of the norm of territorial integrity in international relations. In the academic year 2011-2012, Dr. Fabry was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at Smith College. He also taught courses at Colorado College and the University of British Columbia.
Refereed Journal article – 2015© 2015 The Editor of Ethnopolitics.This paper examines responses of states and intergovernmental organizations to the claims of independent statehood grounded in the right to self-determination. Virtually all assertions of independence invoke this right and it is highly probable that this long-standing global trend will continue. At the same time, only a relatively limited number of them are supported externally, either in the form of widespread public endorsement or outright recognition of a new state. This paper argues that there has been a clear prevailing international practice for more than five decades. On the one hand, international society has accepted self-determination claims to independence put forward by colonies and by non-colonial entities that obtained assent of their parent states. On the other hand, it has opposed claims set forth by non-colonial entities against the will of their parent states unilaterally. However, countries have been unable to maintain complete consistency and, in recent years, great powers found themselves at profound odds over a number of cases. These differences have led, and have a future potential to lead, to various forms of international conflict.Ethnopolitics. 14. Issue 5. 498 - 504. ISSN 1744-9057. DOI 10.1080/17449057.2015.1051812.