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SovereigntyA Contribution to the Theory of Public and International Law$
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Hermann Heller and David Dyzenhaus

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198810544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810544.001.0001

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The Claim of Sovereignty in International Law and against International Law

The Claim of Sovereignty in International Law and against International Law

(p.168) VIII The Claim of Sovereignty in International Law and against International Law

Hermann Heller

, David Dyzenhaus
Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the attempt of contemporary international law doctrine to minimize the concept of sovereignty. The attempt is made to draw its fangs by construing the nature of sovereignty as a kind of modest, legally normed capacity to act, as authority under international law, or as a discretionary sphere granted by international law. However, this operation can never succeed using the tools of international law, because international law is only possible as long as there are at least two absolutely independent territorial decision-making units. The sovereignty problem has become more complicated for members of the League of Nations and its Permanent International Court in The Hague. The principles of a treaty order free of domination on which these institutions rest have not fundamentally changed; voluntariness and unanimity are preserved under these principles.

Keywords:   sovereignty, international law, territorial decision-making units, League of Nations, The Hague

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