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Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics

A Distributive Justice Issue, 1st Edition

By Jorge E. Núñez


186 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Many conflicts throughout the world can be characterized as sovereignty conflicts in which two states claim exclusive sovereign rights for different reasons over the same piece of land. It is increasingly clear that the available remedies have been less than successful in many of these cases, and that a peaceful and definitive solution is needed. This book proposes a fair and just way of dealing with certain sovereignty conflicts. Drawing on the work of John Rawls in A Theory of Justice, this book considers how distributive justice theories can be in tune with the concept of sovereignty and explores the possibility of a solution for sovereignty conflicts based on Rawlsian methodology. Jorge E. Núñez explores a solution of egalitarian shared sovereignty, evaluating what sorts of institutions and arrangements could, and would, best realize shared sovereignty, and how it might be applied to territory, population, government, and law.

Table of Contents

Part I 1. Sovereignty Conflicts as a Distributive Justice Dilemma 2. Limited Sovereignty Part II. 3. What Should ‘Shared Sovereignty’ Mean? 4. How far can Sovereign States Cooperate together and Limit their Freedom without Sacrificing their Sovereignty? 5. Why is Shared Sovereignty Desirable? Part III 6. How can Shared Sovereignty be Just? 7. How could Shared Sovereignty work in Practice? 8. Conclusive remarks, implications and limitations

About the Author


Jorge Núñez

Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Jorge E. Núñez is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Law School, UK and Visiting Professor at Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, UNLP, Argentina.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security