Sovereignty


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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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Sovereignty building differs from state building in terms of its principal focuses, primary level of analysis, and ontological premises.
The Rangers--habitually depicted as Canada's frontline sovereignty soldiers--have been highly visible in the recent spasm of attention paid to Arctic issues.
In this Article I deal with two fundamental questions about sovereignty transfers (2) and supranational sovereignty, each of which will be examined along three lines of investigation: analytical-doctrinal, theoretical-doctrinal, and theoretical-normative.
Hoehn's argument first establishes that recognizing indigenous sovereignty does not displace or threaten the sovereignty of the Canadian Crown.
China will need considerable convincing if it is to participate in a framework of regional policy consultation, coordination and compromise aimed at muting the tensions over sovereignty disputes.
Under the agreement, the United States returned Okinawa to Japanese rule on May 15, 1972, and lost its sovereignty over Okinawa.
13:21 Taufiq Rahim: The violation of human rights is too fluid a term and could be used as a pretext to undermine the sovereignty of the vast majority of nations on the planet, leading to complete state breakdown and failure.
Constitutions throughout the world declare that sovereignty lies with the people, yet the declaration often grants no real rights and does nothing to check the power of governments to control, rather than represent, the people.
Therefore, in the beginning it is necessary to answer to the cultural relativism critique to human rights, followed by an answer to the sovereignty critique.
Leaders of the Ngapuhi tribe north of Auckland found the significance of the new revelation "huge" since they have always claimed that their ancestors did not willingly cede their sovereignty to Queen Victoria under the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
One stresses the desire to live outside state sovereignty that has become familiar since Scott (1998) argued that it was a central aim of so many people living on the periphery of nation states.