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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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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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