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Territorial Sovereignty: A Philosophical Exploration

Anna Stilz


This book offers a qualified defense of a territorial states system. It argues that three core values—occupancy, basic justice, and collective self-determination—are served by an international system made up of self-governing, spatially defined political units. The defense is qualified because the book does not actually justify all of the sovereignty rights states currently claim and that are recognized in international law. Instead, the book proposes important changes to states’ sovereign prerogatives, particularly with respect to internal autonomy for political minorities, immigration, and n ... More

Keywords: territory, sovereignty, borders, natural resources, self-determination, legitimacy, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Stilz, author
Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University