BOOK PREVIEW [coming May 2017] Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics: A Distributive Justice Issue. Chapter Five: Why is shared sovereignty desirable?

Sovereignty Conflicts and International Law and Politics

A Distributive Justice Issue

By Jorge E. Nunez


About the Book.

BOOK PREVIEW: Chapter One: Introduction.

BOOK PREVIEW: Chapter One: General Structure.

BOOK PREVIEW: Chapter Two: Limited Sovereignty.

BOOK PREVIEW: Chapter Three: What should ‘shared sovereignty’ mean?

BOOK PREVIEW: Chapter Four: How far can sovereign States cooperate together and limit their freedom without sacrificing their sovereignty?

Chapter Five:

Why is shared sovereignty desirable?


Like any other conflict, sovereignty disputes can be addressed 
in different ways. The alternatives go from secession (with or 
without partition) in the form of self-determination and 
independence to continuing with the status quo. The task is 
now to evaluate when and why shared sovereignty is 
more desirable than any other international remedy. In other 
words, there are several ways of dealing with sovereignty 
conflicts. Some of them have proven to be effective, others 
are only theoretical solutions and some are—for whatever 
reason—not desirable. This Chapter will introduce and assess if 
it is reasonable—at least—to doubt the value of their 
application. That is because this project assumes the agents 
want a peaceful solution that acknowledges—to an extent—their 
claims. So, solutions that imply ignoring claims, unfair policies, 
use of force or any action that may go against an otherwise 
peaceful situation will be not viable.

Indeed, shared sovereignty may not be ‘one way fits all’. But 
this book is not suggesting that shared sovereignty is ‘the’ 
solution to all sovereignty conflicts. What these pages 
propose is a reasonable way to approach some of them. 
Therefore, by addressing the pitfalls of other international 
remedies that so far have proven to be inadequate in solving 
these types of sovereignty conflicts, it is possible to identify 
both the need of a peaceful solution and an opportunity to offer 
another way of dealing with them.

More preview posts coming in 2017.
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  1. Thanks Peter. That's the idea, to use classical concepts from law and politics (legal theory, political theory, jurisprudence) and offer a platform to discuss sovereignty conflicts that have been unresolved for years (in some cases, even generations) like Falklands/Malvinas, Gibraltar, and Kashmir.


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