Earned Sovereignty: Juridical Underpinnings


This piece is the second in a trilogy of three simultaneously published articles in the Denver Journal of International Law that examine the emerging doctrine of "earned sovereignty," a concept that seeks to reconcile the principles of self-determination and humanitarian intervention with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. This article sets forth the legal underpinnings for the doctrine, while the other two articles in the trilogy provide its policy foundations, and apply the doctrine to several modem case studies. Together, the three articles are the product of the Public International Law and Policy Group's "Intermediate Sovereignty Project," sponsored by a grant of the Carnegie Corporation.



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Denver Journal of International Law and Policy

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31 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 373 (2003)

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