Until 10 December 2007, the US, Russia and the EU are negotiating about Kosovo’s future status. The former Serb province has been governed by a UN-Mission since 1999. Now Kosovo wants to declare its independence, but Belgrade insists that the “cradle of the nation” should remain part of Serbia. The Western countries want to end this conflict now, but a unilateral recognition of Kosovo’s independence would not only happen against the will of Serbia, but also against the “veto power” Russia and past the UN.
Matthias Dembinski and Bruno Schoch show the difficulties and problems in international law connected with the question of Kosovo’s status and point out different options for Kosovo’s future status. The authors warn against a unilateral recognition of Kosovo’s independence, because this would be another violation of international law.