BOOK PREVIEW [coming May 2017] Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics: A Distributive Justice Issue. Chapter Three: What should ‘shared sovereignty’ mean?

Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics

A Distributive Justice Issue

By Jorge E. Núñez


Chapter Three

What should ‘shared sovereignty’ mean?


If no sovereignty is absolute, all sovereignty is limited to an extent. 
Chapter Two showed that one of the ways in which sovereignty is 
limited is the fact that it can be shared (e.g. representatives and 
represented, the King and the Church, etc.). However, how can
sovereignty be shared when dealing with States? 
Unfortunately, there is no single answer but there are various 
ways in which sovereignty can be shared. That is to say, there are
various conceptions of ‘shared sovereignty’. Amongst all the 
conceptions of ‘shared sovereignty’, there is one that may be 
used to solve sovereignty conflicts—that is not out there this book 
intends to propose. This Chapter discusses a possible way of 
characterising ‘shared sovereignty’ in order to address some 
sovereignty conflicts.

Many scholars in legal and political theory and international 
relations use the expression ‘shared sovereignty’ and similar 
terminology to refer to various different realities. It is mainly for 
this reason, and in order to avoid unnecessary confusion, that 
these different conceptions will be given a specific name.  
The list may not be exhaustive and it does not need to be. This 
is because the aim is solely to illustrate the actual vast use of 
terms that at first glance appear appropriate in discussing 
international conflicts. By arguing against these previous views 
it will be possible to define negatively the features that should 
denote ‘shared sovereignty’. As a result, this will lead to 
characterising the problems that a reconceived conception should 
address in order to offer a just and fair solution for sovereignty 

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