Island States/Island Territories: An International Conference

The 1st International Conference on
Small Island States (SIS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs)

Location: The Shared (Dutch/French) Island of Sint Maarten/St Martin
Venue: The University of St Martin, Philipsburg
Dates: 11-14 March 2018


CALL FOR PAPERS | DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: Pending news on Sint Maarten/St. Martin’s recovery efforts, the deadline for abstracts has been extended until October 31.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) comprise a significant and vocal lobby of sovereign island states: of late, they have been especially active on the ‘climate change’ front, and have secured global media attention to (and much sympathy with) their predicament as likely victims of global warming and sea level rise at UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen (2009) and again at COP 21 in Paris (2015). MORE


Starting with Ethiopia in 1941, no less than 129 countries have achieved independence in the last 70-odd years. This trend has been spearheaded by former colonies pressing for, and achieving, full sovereignty, as well as by the breakup of morally bankrupt empires (Soviet Union, Yugoslavia) in the face of agitations for self-determination. Models of 21st-century world governance are based on, and organized around, the sovereign state. There are now 193 such members in the United Nations. Most international and regional organizations, as well as diplomatic efforts, imply the exclusive operation of sovereign, independent states and their representatives. But: this impetus towards sovereignty has ground largely to a halt. Only four states have secured independence since 1993; East Timor, Montenegro, Kosovo and South Sudan; of these, one (Kosovo) remains partially recognized and another (South Sudan) is caught in a deadly civil war. MORE


Hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability,
University of Prince Edward Island/University of Malta,
and The University of St Martin, Philipsburg


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