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Светият престол като sui generis субект на международното право
The Holy See as a sui generis Subject of International Law

Author(s): Katerina Yocheva
Subject(s): Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, International Law, Canon Law / Church Law
Published by: Нов български университет
Keywords: Holy See; Vatican City State; International law; Subjects; Diplomatic relations; Treaties; International organisations; Bilateral relations

Summary/Abstract: The issue of the international personality of the Roman Catholic Church has been discussed on many occasions but still, as Josef L. Kunz rightly points out there is ‘... anastonishing lack of knowledge and understanding of the legal problem of the status of the Holy See in international law’. At least such is the case in Bulgarian legal doctrine, where even in the professional literature this issue is either underestimated, or very briefly or even inaccurately handled. The paper is built upon the premise that there is no doubt that the Holy See and the Vatican City State are two distinct subjects of international law. In the light of this statement, the study aims to achieve the twofold objective of clarifying some controversial issues and of bringing the subject up-to-date. To this end, the paper is organised in two parts which respectively deal, on the one hand, with the basic issue about the status of the Holy See and the Vatican City State as suigeneris subjects of international law, and, on the other hand, with the modern aspects of the international relations of those subjects, inter alia with the Republic of Bulgaria.

  • Issue Year: 2/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 196-219
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Bulgarian