Cosmopolitanism, State Sovereignty and International Law and Politics:
Jorge E. Núñez
Simply put, these pages fill a major gap in the legal, political, and international relations disciplines─a multidimensional view that acknowledges the pluralism of pluralisms in sovereignty and cosmopolitanism and consequently, their compatibility. The book begins with a top-down global and interdisciplinary study in order to draw general theoretical conclusions concerning how sovereignty and cosmopolitanism could (and should) interact and concludes with a bottom-up national and regional set of guidelines for crises analysis and potential resolutions that current remedies, procedures and organizations fail to provide.
The first part of the book outlines the concept of sovereignty and brings to light a common misconception: sovereignty is absolute and consequently exclusionary. On the contrary, sovereignty is limited and because of its limitations can accept pluralism. In turn, cosmopolitanism may have to do with individualism, universality and generality to start with and may be legal or moral; however, its claims do not affect how sovereignty operates. In order to uncover evidence about how sovereignty and cosmopolitanism operate together, the second part of the book refers not to pluralism but to the pluralism of pluralisms characteristic in both (whether or not explicitly recognized). The final section will use territorial disputes at large to illustrate how different claims and issues at stake embody their complexity.
The challenge in assessing and potentially solving territorial disputes (and any other global issue) is presenting the agents with a solution that acknowledges their individualities without disregarding those of their counterparts. Consequently, any conflict resolution procedure and remedy will fail to solve these disputes unless both sovereignty and cosmopolitanism operate together, acknowledging the pluralism of pluralisms present in these differences. In a similar vein, if current understandings of sovereignty and cosmopolitanism continue, they will only perpetuate a status quo and therefore, legal and political uncertainty in efficiently tackling territorial disputes and any other global issue will persist.
In short, chapters 1-3 are more explanatory in nature and review and criticize current understandings of sovereignty and cosmopolitanism in law, political science and international relations. Chapters 4-6 introduce and develop the author’s multidimensional view by presenting the different pluralities that can shape and characterize phenomena. Finally, chapters 7 and 8 apply a multidimensional analysis to sovereignty and cosmopolitanism in the context of territorial disputes as an example of crises and integrate recommendations on how to gain an extensive understanding of the two.
 For the author’s view about territorial disputes see Jorge E. Núñez, Territorial Disputes and State Sovereignty: International Law and Politics (London and New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2020), in particular chapter 4. For an extensive analysis of the concept of territorial disputes, its implications and relevant bibliography, see chapter 7.
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BOOK PREVIEW: “Cosmopolitanism, State Sovereignty and International Law and Politics: A Theory” [General Structure: PART ONE].
Friday 10th March 2023
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