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Sovereignty
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Sovereignty

Samantha Besson

Subject(s):
Sovereignty — Peremptory norms / ius cogens — Customary international law — General principles of international law — Statehood, legitimacy — Self-determination — States, independence

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The principle of sovereignty, ie of supreme authority within a territory, is a pivotal principle of modern international law. What counts as sovereignty depends on the nature and structure of the international legal order and vice-versa. 2 Most of the other, if not all institutions and principles of international law rely, directly or indirectly, on State sovereignty; it suffices to mention, for instance, the relationship between the conditions and attributes of statehood or the principles of territorial or personal jurisdiction, immunity, and non-intervention,...
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