Political Science

Visiting address
Pleinlaan 5
2nd floor, room 2.52
Postal address
Pleinlaan 2
Phone: +32-2-6148110


  • ethics of secession
  • ethics of war
  • de facto states
  • Abkhazia, Cyprus, Taiwan, Transnistria 


Professor Bruno Coppieters is Professor emeritus at the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He was head of this department from 2015 to 2019. He obtained his Phd in Philosophy from the Freie Universitât Berlin in 1991. His published works deal mainly with federalism, the ethics of war and secession, and conflicts on sovereignty in the Caucasus and the Balkans. He coordinated a EU financed teaching project on European Studies for the Abkhazian State University in 2012-15, and participated as an expert to the International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) in 2009. He was a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in the academic year 2003-04. He has co-edited the following books: Contextualizing Secession: Normative Studies in Comparative Perspective, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003; Statehood and Security: Georgia After the Rose Revolution, Cambridge/Mass., MIT Press, 2005; Moral Constraints on War: Principles and Cases, Lanham/Md., Lexington Books, 2008 (2d edition).

Research output

  1. Abkhazia, Transnistria and North Cyprus: Recognition and Non-Recognition in Ceasefire and Trade Agreements

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  2. Engagement without Recognition

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Can Abkhazia be a state if Pluto is not a planet? Recognition in astronomy, international law and political science

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  1. What is happening to the democracies and unresolved conflicts of Eastern Europe?

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  2. Cornell University Press (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

  3. Eurasian Geography and Economics (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

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