Valstybių teisių perėmimas, neteisėti teritoriniai pokyčiai ir pilietybė
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Doctoral dissertation "Succession of States, Illegal Territorial Changes and Nationality of Natural Persons" focuses on a complex analysis of citizenship in the context of legal and illegal territorial jurisdictional changes. General questions related to succession of states (concept and scope, date of succession, difference between succession of states and continuity of states, as well as the position of continuator state in the context of succession of states) having impact upon the nationality of natural persons are analysed. While discussing on theoretical questions of international legal regulation of nationality in relation to succession of states, certain newest practice of states (namely that of XXI century) is analysed in order to evaluate the effectiveness of such regulation. Practice of Lithuania and other Baltic States and relevant legislation of Russian Federation in relation to regulating nationality issues after collapse of the USSR is also addressed. The issue of continuous nationality as one of the main criteria of diplomatic protection is addressed in the context of succession of states. The doctoral dissertation also covers problematic of nationality in the context of states lacking universal recognition (Kosovo) and illegal territorial changes (cases of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Crimea and Sevastopol). Focus is also made on the issue of persons' will in attribution of nationality in the context of territorial changes.