This thesis explores the linkage between the right to self-determination and democracy. In view of the popular uprisings taking place throughout the Middle East and North Africa, it is highly relevant to revisit the concept of self-determination. In particular, considering the undetermined nature of the right to self-determination, this thesis examines the contemporary legal meaning of self-determination. Specifically, it questions the prospects of â the peopleâ to self-determination against the background of undemocratic structures at the global level. Following the introduction, the second part of this thesis deals with a critical overview of the international legal ideology on self-determination. In the third part, the legal content and scope of the right to self-determination regarding its political and economic dimension will be explored. Consequently, an examination of Egypt's approaches to self-determination will not only illustrate the obstacles to democratization, but will primarily serve as a test case for exploring the (in)compatibility of the process of economic liberalization with the right to self-determination.


Law Department

Degree Name

MA in International Human Rights Law

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2012

First Advisor

Parolin, Gianluca



Document Type

Master's Thesis

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Egypt -- History -- Protests, 2011-

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Egypt -- Politics and government -- 21st century.


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