Concepts of Sovereignty Their Evolution and Status
State sovereignty is a constitutive element of international order. States recognise each other as entities with authority over a territory and population. This mutual recognition allows for the development of interactions between them, which subsequently flourish in international institutions. This chapter explores how the interpretation and application of the concept of sovereignty has changed over time, becoming increasingly liberal. Following this, the main focus of the next chapter in Part II of this book, is to explore how China’s engagement with debates within the Security Council (SC) has contributed to challenging this liberal interpretation of both the ‘facts on the ground’ and the concept of sovereignty.