Public Reason: Vol. 1, No. 1, February 2009
Global and Local Sovereignties
Sirine Shebaya

This paper offers an analysis of sovereignty that focuses particularly on domain or subject-matter as a component of sovereignty. While traditional analyses of sovereignty typically focus on supremacy, authority, and territoriality, subject-matter is also part and parcel of the concept of sovereignty and provides the key to understanding its role in a global age. Despite important human rights, environmental, and security concerns, state sovereignty remains a desirable political convention when supplemented by narrowly circumscribed global sovereignties.

Key words: sovereignty, global justice, cosmopolitanism, human rights.


Shebaya, Sirine. 2009. Global and Local Sovereignties. Public Reason 1 (1): 125-140.