BOOK PREVIEW [coming in 2017] Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics: A Distributive Justice Issue. Chapter One: Introduction.

Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics

A Distributive Justice Issue

By Jorge E. Núñez

Chapter One

Sovereignty conflicts as a distributive justice dilemma


It is arguably a truism in international law and politics that an ultimate 
sovereign, with a common legal bond or system of norms, will govern 
one territory with population. What would happen if that one territory 
and population had two ultimate and hierarchically equal sovereigns 
(legally speaking) and, at the same time, two valid sets of norms? 
Would it be possible, for instance, that Israel and Palestine had sovereign 
authority at the same time over Jerusalem? Would it be possible that 
Argentina and the United Kingdom were at one time sovereign over the 
territory and population of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands? If the answer 
were positive, what would the consequences be—in terms of territory, 
population, government and law?

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