Review of Tim Potier: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A legal appraisal

TIM POTIER: Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A legal appraisal  xvi + 314 pp. The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2001. ISBN 90-411-1477-7.

This book is essentially the author's 1998 doctoral thesis with additionally a short 'Since Submission' finale to cover the period 1 Sept 1998 to 30 April 2000 and a one -page Preface. The latter informs us that the main text has only been altered 'to improve its syntax/grammar'. Some might wish that more time had been spent on this exercise to purge the work of: the numerous colloquial 'don't'-s and 'doesn't'-s, which should have no place in scholarly writings; excessive use of quotation-marks for often unclear rhetorical purposes; idiosyncratic placement of commas; and an alarming propensity to, quite often at times, split infinitives! Also, the Bibliography should have been designed according to the more usual chronological principle. But readers are advised to strive to overcome initial reservations regarding style, for the content deserves attention.

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