The Aaland Islands Question: Report Submitted to the Council of the League of Nations by the Commission of Rapporteurs
The International Committee of Jurists of the Council of the League of Nations
League of Nations Doc. B7/21/68/106 (1921)
The Aaland Islands (plaintiff), an archipelago located between Finland (defendant) and Sweden, asserted a claim of self-determination and independence from Finland in order to incorporate with Sweden so as to protect the Aalanders’ Swedish culture and language. In the Report of the International Committee of Jurists Entrusted by the Council of the League of Nations with the Task of Giving an Advisory Opinion upon the Legal Aspects of the Aaland Islands Question, the International Committee of Jurists of the League of Nations determined that the question of the Aaland Islands’ assertion of self-determination and independence claims was not solely within the jurisdiction of Finland. As a result, the League of Nations (the League) then appointed the Commission of Rapporteurs, consisting of representatives of member nations, to recommend a solution to the dispute. The Aaland Islands and Sweden argued that, because Finland was able to declare independence from Russia, the Aaland Islands should be able to similarly declare independence from Finland. Finland stated that separation was unnecessary because it was willing to grant the Aalanders guarantees of protection for their language and culture and to abide by any agreements with the Aaland Islands. In addition, a Finnish statute existed that already gave the Aaland Islands autonomy in regards to the administration of schools and language.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning ()
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 724,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 724,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,500 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.