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Book Review: Re-Envisioning Sovereignty: The End of Westphalia?

In this edi­tion of our ongo­ing series of book reviews, Paul Mignano presents a crit­i­cal but ulti­mate­ly favor­able take on Re-Envi­sion­ing Sov­er­eign­ty: The End of West­phalia?a col­lec­tion of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary essays dis­cussing the con­cept of sov­er­eign­ty.


By Paul Mignano


Re-envisioning SovereigntyFor a con­cept that is so cen­tral to inter­na­tion­al rela­tions and pub­lic inter­na­tion­al law, the mean­ing of “sov­er­eign­ty” is sur­pris­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to artic­u­late. At its essence, West­phalian sov­er­eign­ty is about the abil­i­ty of a state to engage in polit­i­cal self-deter­mi­na­tion, to be con­sid­ered a legal equal of oth­er states, and to ensure non-inter­fer­ence of out­side states in its own inter­nal affairs.

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Cohen on Human Rights in China

On Saturday, the New York Times published an interview with NYU Professor Jerome A. Cohen regarding legal developments in China and the country's human rights record.  From the interview: “There are now some 200,000 judges, close to 180,000 prosecutors, roughly…

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Announcing Jerome A. Cohen Prize in International Law & East Asia

Sub­mis­sion Dead­line: 24 Sep­tem­ber 2010

In hon­or of Pro­fes­sor Jerome A. Cohen, who turns 80 on July 1, the New York Uni­ver­si­ty Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics is seek­ing papers address­ing the inter­ac­tion between the inter­na­tion­al legal sys­tem and Chi­nese and East Asian law and legal thought.   East Asia’s dis­tinc­tive insti­tu­tions and legal sys­tems con­tin­ue to engage in a thought-pro­vok­ing con­ver­sa­tion with the glob­al legal order, one that chal­lenges tra­di­tion­al assump­tions about inter­na­tion­al law.  Such inter­ac­tion shows signs of effect­ing trans­for­ma­tive changes both with­in domes­tic sys­tems and at the inter­na­tion­al lev­el.  With the Jerome A. Cohen Prize, the Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics will hon­or a nov­el con­tri­bu­tion to this grow­ing body of schol­ar­ship.  Papers may focus on any sub­stan­tive dis­ci­pline, although spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to work relat­ing to the sub­ject areas cur­rent­ly taught by Pro­fes­sor Cohen: crim­i­nal jus­tice, for­eign invest­ment law, and the role of Chi­nese legal thought in inter­na­tion­al law.

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