Sovereignty, as a concept, is in a state of flux. In the course of the last century, traditional meanings have been worn away while the limitations of sovereignty have been altered as transnational issues compete with domestic concerns for precedence. This volume presents an interdisciplinary analysis of conceptions of sovereignty. Divided into six overarching elements, it explores a wide range of issues that have altered the theory and practice of state sovereignty, such as: human rights and the use of force for human protection purposes, norms relating to governance, the war on terror, economic globalization, the natural environment and changes in strategic thinking. The authors are acknowledged experts in their respective areas, and discuss the contemporary meaning and relevance of sovereignty and how it relates to the constitution of international order.
Trudy Jacobsen is a Research Assistant with the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University, Australia. Professor Sampford is Foundation Dean of Law at Griffith University he is director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (a joint initiative of the United Nations University and Griffith University) and convenor of the Australia Research Council's Governance Research Network. Ramesh Thakur is a Professor of political science and a peace researcher. Professor Thakur is Senior Vice Rector for Peace and Governance at the United Nations University.
'This superbly edited collection of essays offers readers an illuminating overview of how the concept and practice of sovereignty is adapting to the multiple challenges of globalization. The volume achieves an impressive unity of focus due to a series of brilliant reconceptualizations of sovereignty.' Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA