Polish Legal Positions with Regard to Post-Potsdam Germany in Light of International Law. Agression—Territory—Citizenship Cover Image

Polish Legal Positions with Regard to Post-Potsdam Germany in Light of International Law. Agression—Territory—Citizenship
Polish Legal Positions with Regard to Post-Potsdam Germany in Light of International Law. Agression—Territory—Citizenship

Author(s): Władysław Czapliński
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych

Summary/Abstract: Introduction 1. Germany’s Responsibility as the Aggressor for the Unlawful Initiation and Waging of War 1.1. The Legality of the Initiation and Waging of War in Light of International Law in Force in 1939 1.2. Principles of International Responsibility 1.3. War Reparations after the Second World War 1.3.1. The New Concept of War Reparations with Regard to Germany 1.3.2. German War Reparations on Behalf of the Victorious Powers 2. Polish Legal Positions in Territorial Questions 2.1. German Legal Positions. Interpretation of Legal Doctrine 2.2. Polish Legal Positions. Interpretation of Doctrine 2.3. Further Talks with Germany on Recognition of the Boundary on the Oder and Lusatian Neisse 3. The Problem of Citizenship in Polish-German Relations 3.1. Legal Regulation of German Citizenship 3.2. GDR Citizenship 3.3. Reform of the Law on Citizenship in the FRG 3.4. The Consistency of the FRG’s Citizenship Law with Universal International Law, and with the FRG’s International Obligations. The Polish Legal Position 3.5. Final Conclusions about Citizenship Issues In Polish-German relations, the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949 constituted a turning point in a territorial dispute expressed on Poland’s side in its striving to have the boundary on the Oder and Lusatian Neisse rivers recognized as its western state boundary and, on the West German side, in the attempt to keep the German question open until an international settlement would clear the way for Germany’s national and state unity. The basis for this West German political position, which was subsequently fortified with legal doctrine, was FRG Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s first governmental declaration on 20 September 1949 in the Bundestag.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 37-75
  • Page Count: 39
  • Language: English