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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Finally, the Amnesty International decision illuminates how the exercise of military command elides the simultaneous operation of biopower, as clashing sovereignties arising from occupation enmesh detainees in less, rather than more, law.
Thus, in a discussion of reconciling sovereignties, the notion of sovereignty itself deserves critical attention.