“Traditional Gap” in the ICJ’s Advisory Opinion on Kosovo
by Mushfig Mammadov
February 17, 2008 Kosovo, hitherto the internationally recognized
territory of Serbia, unilaterally declared its independence. Three of
the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the USA, UK and
France) immediately recognized the independence of Kosovo, while the
other two, Russia and China, sharply criticized Kosovo’s step and have
thus far refused to recognize Kosovo as an independent state.....