Sovereignty, Law and Democracy Versus Power Politics

An Article by Hans Köchler, Founder and President, International Progress Organization, published at Zeit-Fragen on July 25, 2013

I shall discuss the topic in the following respects: (I) The concept and history of sovereignty; (II) the “integral definition” of sovereignty and, related to it, the question of whether it is possible to transcend power politics; (III) normative contradictions, and their consequences, in the Charter of the United Nations; and (IV) the question “quid nunc?” (what now?), namely how to conceptualize a fundamental reform of the current international system.

(Translation Current Concerns)

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