Independence without Recognition: History of the De-facto Republic of Somaliland
Republic of Somaliland
Mohamoud Abdi Daar
Chaired by: Jan Fermon (Progress Lawyers Network)
Respondent: Fiona McConnell
Mohamoud Abdi Daar is the international representative of Somaliland in Brussels.
This lecture will address the national and international functioning of the Republic of Somaliland which is not recognized by any other state in the world, but exists in de-facto independence. Whereas the Republic of Somaliland can control its own territory and historiography, it nonetheless does not exist as a “state” in the geopolitical realm. What lies at the basis of exclusion from international recognition, and what are the consequences for the introduction of one’s own currency, passports et cetera? Can a state exist and not exist at the very same time?
The New World Summit: Stateless State took place at the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels, Belgium, 19-21 September 2014.