An update on Secession as the “Ultimate Right”. On the (im)possibility of secession

From a legal-philosophical perspective, this paper will start from the contradictory nature of secession which at the same time presents both a revolutionary and conservative character explaining many of the problematic interactions between democracy and secession and between law and secession. To avoid simply admitting that law cannot deal with secessionist crises, the paper will pose the question of the peculiar legality of secession, which results in residing on the border between international and domestic legal spheres. Finally, the paper will critically explore the principal statements of the democratic theories of secession since the respect for democratic principles is necessary for the international community to accommodate the secessionist process.