Sovereignty, territory, and the legitimacy of the international order

Sage Publications: European Journal of Political Theory 21 (3):608-614 (2021)
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European Journal of Political Theory, Volume 21, Issue 3, Page 608-614, July 2022. In The Shifting Border, Ayelet Shachar argues that the exercise of sovereign power through border regimes no longer tracks territorial boundaries. In my commentary, I first argue that Shachar’s analysis implicitly calls into question the legitimacy of the international order. I then raise the worry that the logic which severs the link between the exercise of sovereignty and territory is the same logic that can be used to justify injustice and atrocity such as ethnic cleansing. Shachar’s normative proposals do not sufficiently recognize or guard against this risk.



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Reply to my critics.Ayelet Shachar - 2022 - European Journal of Political Theory 21 (3):615-623.

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