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Video from Arctic Symposium

NYU Law has post­ed video of our Oct. 22 sym­po­sium on “Inter­na­tion­al Law and Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion in a Melt­ing Arc­tic.”  Below is the keynote address, giv­en by Peter Tak­soe-Jensen, Dan­ish Ambas­sador to the Unit­ed States.  The Ambassador’s speech begins at 25:34, pre­ced­ed by short intro­duc­tions from Jose Alvarez and Her­bert Rubin.

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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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