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Reference Re Secession of Quebec

Supreme Court of Canada
37 I.L.M. 1340 (1998)


Facts

Quebec, a Canadian province, unilaterally desired to secede from Canada. After considering the case, the Governor in Council referred three questions to the Supreme Court of Canada. First, whether the Canadian constitution and domestic laws permitted unilateral secession to be effected by Quebec’s government or legislature. Second, whether international law permitted unilateral secession to be effected by Quebec’s government or legislature. Third, if international law did permit such a right when domestic law did not, whether international law would trump domestic law and permit unilateral secession to be effected by Quebec’s government or legislature.

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