Dr Emile BADARIN, Research Fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, recently published an article titled "Recognition of states and colonialism in the twenty-first century: Western Sahara and Palestine in Sweden’s recognition practice" in the journal Third World Quarterly.
This article recalls the recognition–colonialism conjuncture to examine how prior normative rights to self-determination independence and decolonisation influence current recognition practice and asks how they compete with contingent factors. The interrogation of this interpretive process provides insights into how recognition of states operates. This reveals how state recognition in current colonial conflicts is qualified based on an assessment of contingent factors such as the international consensus and level of involvement.
For this purpose Sweden’s recognition practice towards Palestine and Western Sahara present apposite empirical cases. This article argues that the practice of recognition is a hermeneutic and evolving process which is contingent on the interpretation of different situational and political aspects. This has far-reaching implications for international recognition and order as colonised/occupied peoples’ prior normative right to self-determination and independence ends up being qualified contested and adjudicated in connection with contingent political factors.
The article is available at this link.