Uti Possidetis


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Uti Possidetis

A term used in International Law to indicate that the parties to a particular treaty are to retain possession of that which they forcibly seized during a war.

A treaty ending a war may adopt the principle of uti possidetis, the principle of status quo ante bellum (Latin for "the state of things before the war"), or a combination of the two. Upon a default of any treaty stipulation, the doctrine of uti possidetis prevails.

UTI POSSIDETIS. This phrase, which means as you possess, is used in international law to signify that the parties to a treaty are to retain possession of what they have acquired by force during the war.

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Sin necesidad de ser exhaustivos, la territorialidad americana acusara todas estas proyecciones fundadas en criterios de posesion efectiva, primero, y de iure, despues, que no pueden resumirse como cristalizadas con un sentido teleologico en las republicas bajo el principio del uti possidetis (iure), puesto que en rigor fueron igualmente fronterizadas antes y despues desde unas centralidades fuertemente urbanas con unas periferias "a la espera" de una efectiva asimilacion territorial.
Second, in cases where the parties to the dispute formed part of a single colonial territory, the internal lines that divided them into distinct administrative units will be sanctified as their international boundaries (the uti possidetis principle).
the Chamber would emphasize that the uti possidetis iuris principle requires not only that reliance be placed on existing legal titles, but also that account be taken of the manner in which those titles were interpreted and applied by the competent public authorities of the colonial Power, in particular in the exercise of their law-making power (38).
(3) Sobre el principio uti possidetis inris y su aplicacion en el proceso de descolonizacion de los Estados africanos, vid., entre otros, Brownlie, I., African Boundaries.
"[T]he extension of uti possidetis to modern breakups leads to genuine injustices and instability by leaving significant populations both unsatisfied with their status in new states and uncertain of political participation there ..." (42) Thus, the principle of uti possidetis may lead to unfortunate stalemates within the international community in instances of civil/internal warfare.
O estabelecimento de tratados fronteiricos dessa regiao no momento e representativo de tal situacao, de modo que o uti possidetis (5), por vezes, servia como importante instrumento de acordo entre os Estados, outras vezes, era o res nullius (6) servia diretamente aos interesses portugueses na regiao.
Si Quesada fue un ferviente defensor de la idea de un derecho internacional latinoamericano y de lo que llamo el principio del "uti possidetis de 1810", Saenz Pena llego a desarrollar una sofisticada critica de la Doctrina Monroe y del intervencionismo estadounidense en America Latina.
(11) This Note argues that the most logical resolution to the clashes between Somaliland and Puntland can be found in the ICJ's legal mechanisms for solving international border disputes, most notably uti possidetis. (12) The Court's jurisprudence can be applied to render a temporary ruling on the location of Somaliland's frontier, with the prospect of stabilizing the disputed territory until a permanent solution is developed for co-existence with a federalized Somalia.
In legal parlance this doctrine is called uti possidetis juris.
(2) Nos enfocaremos sobre todo en la situacion del Pueblo Mapuche en el Estado chileno, ademas de ahondar en la desconocida faceta de la libre autodeterminacion externa, rescatandola del olvido a traves de tres principios del Derecho Internacional: el principio de continuidad de los tratados de fronteras, el principio de intangibilidad de las fronteras y el uti possidetis iuris.
La historia americana se conectaria con la busqueda de los titulos para probar los derechos territoriales adquiridos segun el principio de uti possidetis (14).
The principle of uti possidetis (142) "was appealed to in order to limit fragmentation of newly liberated European colonies, whose boundaries were usually arbitrarily drawn, and which included several, and in some cases many, distinct and conflicting ethnic groups." (143) And, in its simplest form it holds that the borders that a country had at the time of decolonization must be preserved.