Invitation to a presentation and debate on
The international obligation of non-recognition as a norm of transnational foreign relations law
by Dr Valentina Azarova (Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester; Bard College Berlin)
and Dr Antal Berkes (University of Pretoria)
on Thursday 16th May 2019, 14:00-15:30
at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences,
1 st floor, room 113, 1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi utca 28-30.
The presentation explores the customary international law obligation of non-recognition of all third states – a norm that is situated at the interface of international and domestic law and which generates processes of transnational law – and argues that this norm shapes foreign relations law. The obligation of non-recognition is a substantive norm that requires States not to wrongfully recognize and assist in serious breaches of peremptory norms of international law, once they are in contact with a particular wrongdoer, by adopting internal measures to ensure the non-admission of an ‘illegal situation’ and of the factual elements it purports to constitute. The internal measures a State shall adopt in the course of the implementation of the obligation of non-recognition recast foreign relations law as a transnational field in which States, necessitated to uphold the international rule of law, assume the role of de facto enforcers vis-à-vis the wrongdoing state and its accomplices. The aim of the presentation is to galvanise debates on the role of non-recognition in various fields of domestic law.