42. Recognition of states in international law.

(2)     States and Governments

(i)     Recognition and Dealings

A. States

42.     Recognition of states in international law.

It is generally for each state to determine whether a territorial entity claiming to be a state satisfies the legal criteria of statehood1. If such an entity qualifies as a state in their view, other states may choose to recognise it, by which they indicate that they accept that it is a state and that they intend to deal with it as such for the purposes of international law. Recognition of a state is to be distinguished from entering