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Sovereignty and the Law: Domestic, European and International Perspectives

Edited by: Richard Rawlings, Peter Leyland, Alison Young

ISBN13: 9780199684069
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
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The topic of sovereignty is contentious, and one of enduring interest. In a world of ever increasing economic globalisation, the rise of supranational regulation and the interconnected age of information and communication technology, among many other developments, have challenged the once exclusively held Westphalian model of sovereignty. The distinction between the internal aspect of sovereignty as expressed in terms of ultimate authority in a constitution, and the external aspect involving the relationship between sovereign states has been blurred. This has given rise to contemporary debates that explore the theoretical and practical implications of current challenges to established doctrines. Evidently no book could encompass the entirety of the contemporary debates on sovereignty.

This is a book of essays focusing on sovereignty by a team of leading writers contributing domestic, European and international perspectives. The essays have been written at a time of very great testing of the institutional frameworks at every level: domestic, European, international or global. The book illuminates the enduring strength of sovereignty as a foundational concept and the continuing widespread appeal if sovereignty as an idea.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
1. Introduction: Sovereignty in Question
2. Sovereignty Frames and Sovereignty Claims
3. Why Sovereignty?
4. Parliamentary Sovereignty and Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom
5. Parliamentary Sovereignty Re-defined
6. Is the Rule of Law now the Sovereign Principle?
7. Changing the UK Constitution: The Blind Sovereign
8. "A sort of Farewell": Sovereignty, Transition and Devolution in the UK
9. Referendums, Popular Sovereignty and the Territorial Constitution
10. The UK, the EU and Sovereignty
11. European Restatements of Sovereignty
12. Sovereignties in Strasbourg
13. Sovereignty, Constitutional Dialogues and Political Networks: A Comparative and Conceptual Study
14. Sovereignty in Question: A View from the International Bench
15. Territorial Sovereignty and Territorial Extension in an Inter-Connected World
16. Sovereignty and Private Corporate Power: the Case of Multinational Enterprises
17. Sovereignty and Liberty in the Internet Era