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Robert Lister Nicholls

During the course of Britain's relationship with Europe, the concept of sovereignty has been raised as an issue by the political elite of both major political parties. Whilst it is suggested that this malleable concept was used in a rhetorical rather than in a precise manner, there remains a need to determine whether there is a consensus on the definition of sovereignty, particularly in respect of Britain and Europe. The concept of sovereignty is examined from a British historical perspective and specifies the diversity of existing

in The British political elite and Europe, 1959–1984
The Queen’s currency and imperial pedagogies on Australia’s south-eastern settler frontiers
Penelope Edmonds

assay the currency of Queen Victoria, the British sovereign, among Kulin Aboriginal peoples. 4 In this frontier encounter, seemingly quotidian yet compelling enough for Adeney to record in his diary, is revealed an intriguing sovereignty performance. In a scene rendered as a theatrical vignette, Adeney showed the coin and tested the small Aboriginal group when he asked if they

in Mistress of everything
Thibault Moulin

Sovereignty is a fundamental principle of international law. It was defined by Max Huber in the Las Palmas arbitral award as follows: ‘[s]overeignty in the relations between States signifies independence […] Independence in regard to a portion of the globe is the right to exercise therein, to the exclusion of any other State, the functions

in Cyber-espionage in international law

This book explores the concept of sovereignty through an analysis of superhero comics. Sovereignty is traditionally understood to be the legitimate monopoly on the use of force in a given territory. It is therefore a complex mix of authority, strength, law and violence, which are all used to a secure a physical and existential identity for a defined community. Another defining trait of the sovereign is the capacity to suspend the law and declare a state of emergency. Given that superheroes are themselves composites of authority, law and violence, while also being exceptional figures operating in a seemingly extra-legal space, they are perfect for working through the problems associated with the concept of sovereignty. However, rather than use superhero comics to simply illustrate the problems associated with sovereignty, the book argues that superhero comics—using a range of stories and characters from the Marvel and DC universes—explicitly engage with the themes in a critically reflexive and politically progressive way undermining the charge that they are simply conservative defenders of the status quo or dumb vigilantes. The book also argues that at the heart of superhero universes is a fundamental intuition about the contradictory nature of sovereignty, that it is at once both absolutely powerful and absolutely nihilating. The book claims that this intuition should inform our theories of what sovereignty means.

The Weimar Republic in the eyes of American political science
Paul Petzschmann

started arriving in the 1930s, America was hardly a blank slate as far as Germany was concerned. The new arrivals had to contend with existing perceptions of German political thought and institutions. This chapter will explore the lively interest American political science showed in the Weimar Republic and its Constitution. Perceptions and commentary on Weimar were framed in terms of historical continuity, comparison with the post-bellum US and larger questions about the nature of sovereignty during the interwar period. Positive American views of Germany, as explored

in Prussians, Nazis and Peaceniks
Kevin Harrison
Tony Boyd

’ War (1618–48) and the wars of religion. Westphalia established the key principle of modern statehood: sovereignty . sovereignty The distinguishing characteristic of the state. Sovereignty is the right to have absolute and unlimited power, either legal or political, within the territory of a state. After around 1500, European expansion

in Understanding political ideas and movements
Neal Curtis

7 Sovereignty at the limit Having addressed how sovereignty seeks to secure an identity by policing its kinship structure, in this chapter I would like to return to the spectre that haunts sovereignty, and has done so in this study since the opening chapter, namely the ‘nothingness’ out of which Carl Schmitt (2005: 32) claimed the sovereign’s legitimacy arises. Although Schmitt tried to fill this void with the divine presence of God, the Father, this only masked the fact that something limitless and potentially abyssal lies at the foundation of sovereignty

in Sovereignty and superheroes
The formation of the penal laws and slave codes in Ireland and the British Caribbean, c. 1680–c. 1720
Aaron Graham

contrasted as examples of codes of law within the wider British Atlantic. A useful framework for doing so is Lauren Benton’s suggestion that early modern European empires were engaged in a ‘search for sovereignty’ during this period. 1 Power was not exercised in the uniform, cohesive and unmediated fashion it was beginning to acquire back in Europe, but continued to be uneven

in Ireland, slavery and the Caribbean
International society and the International Criminal Court

This book takes the transatlantic conflict over the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the lens for an enquiry into the normative foundations of international society. It shows how the way in which actors refer to core norms of the international society, such as sovereignty and human rights, affect the process and outcome of international negotiations. The book offers an innovative take on the long-standing debate over sovereignty and human rights in international relations. It goes beyond the simple and sometimes ideological duality of sovereignty versus human rights by showing that they are not competing principles in international relations, as is often argued, but complement each other. The way in which the two norms and their relationship are understood lies at the core of actors' broader visions of world order. The book shows how competing interpretations of sovereignty and human rights and the different visions of world order that they imply fed into the transatlantic debate over the ICC and transformed this debate into a conflict over the normative foundations of international society.

Paradoxes of democracy
Brian Elliott

across liberal and social democracies as the traditional parties of the left drifted ever further from their roots in nineteenth-century socialism and the popular workers’ movements. What is common to these theorists is the recognition that democracy rests on an irresolvable question about adequately representing ‘the people’. For these thinkers, the notion of popular sovereignty is at once the basis for and most challenging issue of modern democratic theory. Democracy and disagreement Jacques Rancière is an influential contemporary French philosopher whose

in The roots of populism