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Sovereignty and Territorial Temptation
The Grotian Tendency

  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • isbn: 9781316879863

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  • This powerful book stands on its head the most venerated tradition in international law and discusses the challenges of scarcity, sovereignty, and territorial temptation. Newly emergent resources, accessible through global climate change, discovery, or technological advancement, highlight time-tested problems of sovereignty and challenge liberal internationalism's promise of beneficial or shared solutions. From the High Arctic to the hyper-arid reaches of the Atacama Desert, from the South China Sea to the history of the law of the sea, from doctrinal and scholarly treatments to institutional forms of global governance, the historically recurring problem of territorial temptation in the ageless age of scarcity calls into question the future of the global commons, and illuminates the tendency among states to share resources, but only when necessary.

    • Provides a grounded contextualization to theoretical treatments of sovereignty
    • Highlights anachronistic portrayals of liberal internationalism's intellectual promise, accentuating the need to reinforce liberalism's project without throwing the baby out with the bathwater
    • Situates conflict within the realm of scarcity, heightening understanding by acknowledging constructivist solutions but also unintended consequences or use of soft law to forestall solutions
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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316879863
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Tradition, tendency, temptation
    2. The Grotian tendency in his time and ours
    3. The temptation of Uti Possidetis
    4. Terra Nullius and the 'unique' international problem of Svalbard
    5. Problems of governance: the Arctic and the club within the club
    6. Sharing sovereignty: Jura Novit Curia? and the Gulf of Fonseca
    7. Condominium in the Atacama Desert and a sovereign access to the sea
    8. Conclusions on the future of the global commons.

  • Author

    Christopher R. Rossi, University of Iowa
    Christopher R. Rossi is a Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. He gained his B.A. from Washington University, his J.D. from the University of Iowa, his L.L.M. from the University of London, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.

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