Reconstructing Sovereignty

  • Antonia M. Waltermann

Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 132)

Table of contents

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About this book


The notion of sovereignty plays an important part in various areas of law, such as constitutional law and international public law. Though the concept of sovereignty as applied in constitutional law differs from that used in international public law, there is no true consensus on the meaning of “sovereignty” within these respective fields, either.

Is sovereignty about factual power, or only about legal equality? Do only democracies have sovereignty, because they have legitimacy, or is there no (necessary) connection between democracy, legitimacy and sovereignty? Has the European Union encroached upon the sovereignty of the Member States, or is transferring competences to the European Union an expression and exercise of the very sovereignty some claim is under attack? Is it about states, or is it about peoples having a right to self-determination, and if the latter, does this represent popular sovereignty or something else? In order to answer these and related questions, we need a clear grasp of what “sovereignty” means. This book provides an analytical and conceptual framework for “sovereignty” in the context of law.

The book does not seek to describe how the term “sovereignty” is used in the different contexts and discourses in which it is employed, but rather distinguishes between two possible meanings of sovereignty that allow the reader to use the term with specificity and clarity. In this way, this book hopes to offer valuable analytical tools for politicians, constitutional and international lawyers (both practitioners and academics) and legal theorists that help them be clear about what they mean when they speak of “sovereignty.” 


state sovereignty popular sovereignty parliamentary sovereignty constitutive sovereignty constituted sovereignty origin of legal systems political philosophy legal theory HLA Hart Jean Hampton

Authors and affiliations

  • Antonia M. Waltermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundations and Methods of Law, Faculty of LawMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-30003-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-30004-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0315
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