Additional Readings

Historical Sources/Articulations of Sovereignty

Christopher Morris, “Sovereignty” in Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, edited by James E. Crimmins and Douglas G. Long  (London and New York: Continuum Press, forthcoming).

Christopher Morris, “Sovereignty” in Encyclopedia of Democratic Thought, edited by Paul Barry Clarke and Joe Foweraker (London & New York: Routledge, 2002), pp. 673-676.

Christopher Morris “The Very Idea of Popular Sovereignty: ‘We the People’ Reconsidered”, Social Philosophy & Policy 17, 1 (Winter 2000), 1-26.

Christopher Morris “The Modern State” in The Handbook on Political Theory, edited by Gerald Gaus and Chandran Kukathas (London: Sage Publications, 2004), pp. 195-209.

Dan Philpott, “Sovereignty” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (

Challenges to and defenses of traditional conceptions of sovereignty

Allen Buchanan “Political Legitimacy and Democracy,” Ethics, 2002

Steven G. Calabresi, Mark E. Berghausen & Skylar Albertson “The Rise and Fall of the Separation of Powers,” Northwestern University Law Review, 2012

Omar Dahbour “Advocating Sovereignty in an Age of Globalization,” Journal of Social Philosophy, 2006.

David Held “Law of States, Law of Peoples: Three Models of Sovereignty,” Legal Theory, 2002.

Bernd Krehoff “Legitimate Political Authority and Sovereignty: Why States Cannot Be the Whole Story,” Res Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy, 2008.

Barak Mendelsohn “Sovereignty under Attack: The International Society Meets the Al Qaeda Network,” Review of International Studies, 200

Christopher Morris “The Very Idea of Popular Sovereignty: “We the People” Reconsidered,” Social Philosophy and Policy, 2000.

Thomas Pogge, Cosmopolitanism and Sovereignty, Ethics Vol. 103 No. 1 (1992)

Qerim R  Qerimi “The Real Face of the New World Order: Sovereignty and International Security in the Age of Globalization,Politikon, 2004

Mathias Risse “What to Say about the State,” Social Theory and Practice: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Philosophy, 2006.

Brad R. Roth “The Enduring Significance of State Sovereignty,” Florida Law Review, 2004

Brad R. Roth “Coming to Terms with Ruthlessness: Sovereign Equality, Global Pluralism, and the Limits of International Criminal Justice,”Santa Clara Journal of International Law, 2010

Anne-Marie Slaughter “Disaggregated Sovereignty: Towards the Public Accountability of Global Government Networks,” Government & Opposition, 2004

Ann-Marie Slaughter “Sovereignty and Power in a Networked World Order,” Stanford Journal of International Law, 2004

Helen  Stacy “Relational Sovereignty,” American Society of Law International Proceedings, 2005

Marlene Wind “Challenging Sovereignty? The USA and the Establishment of the International Criminal Courtr,” Ethics and Global Politics, 2009.

Sovereignty and Warfare

Renée De Nevers “Sovereignty and Ethical Argument in the Struggle against State Sponsors of Terrorism,” Journal of Military Ethics, 2007.

Gerald Doppelt “Walzer’s Theory of Morality in International Relations,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 1978.

Michael Dusche “Human Rights, Autonomy and National Sovereignty,” Ethical Perspectives: Journal of the European Ethics Network, 2000.

Anne-Marie Slaughter “War and Law in the 21st Century: Adapting to the Changing Face of Conflict,” Europe’s World, 2011

Michael WalzerPhilosophy and Public Affairs, 9 (September 1980): 209-229.

Sovereignty and territory

Anthony J. Colangelo “Constitutional Limits on Extraterritorial Jurisdiction: Terrorism and the Intersection of National andInternational Law,” 48 Harv. Int’l L. J. 121 (2007)

Stuart Elden “Contingent Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity and the Sanctity of Borders,” SAIS Review of International Affairs, 2006

Joan Fitzpatrick “Rendition and Transfer in the War Against Terrorism: Guantanamo and Beyond,”Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, 2003

Anthony Messina “Pathways from September 11: Politics, Policy, and State Sovereignty in an Age of Terror,Political Science & Politics, 2008

Richard Nicholson, “Functionalism’s Military Necessity Problem: Extraterritorial Habeas Corpus, Justice Kennedy, Boumediene V. Bush, and Al Maqaleh V. Gates,” Fordham Law Review December, 2012

Galia Rivlin, “Constitutions Beyond Borders: The Overlooked Practical Aspects of the Extraterritorial Question,” Boston University International Law Journal Spring 2012

Saskia Sassen “Bordering Capabilities Versus Borders: Implications for National Orders,” Michigan Journal of International Law, 2009

Frank M. Walsh “Rethinking Legality of Columbia’s Attack on the FARC in Ecuador: a New Paradigm for Balancing Territorial Integrity, Self-defense and the Duties of Sovereignty,” Pace International Law Review, 2009 

Emergency Powers of the Sovereign and John Yoo

Janet Cooper Alexander, “John Yoo’s War Powers: The Law Review and the World,” California Law Review April, 2012, Centennial Tribute Issue
Robert J. Delahunty and John Yoo “Executive Power v. International Law,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2007
Robert J. Delahunty and John C. Yoo, “The President’s Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorist Organizations and the Nations that Harbor or Support Them,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2002

Vicki Divoll “The ‘Full Access Doctrine’: Congress’s Constitutional Entitlement to National Security Information from the Executive,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2011

Stephen M. Griffin, “A Bibliography of Executive Branch War Powers Opinions since 1950,” Tulane Law Review February, 2013

Sanford Levinson and Jack M. Balkin “Constitutional Dictatorship: Its Dangers and Its Design,” Minnesota Law Review, 2010

Jide Nzelibe and John Yoo “Rational War and Constitutional Design,” Yale Law Journal Symposium, 2006

John Yoo “George Washington and the Executive Power,” University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 2010

John Yoo “Unitary, Executive or Both?” University of Chicago Law Review, 2009 

John Yoo “Andrew Jackson and Presidential Power,” Charleston Law Review, 2008

John Yoo “UN Wars, US War Powers,” Chicago Journal of International Law, 2000

John Yoo “Sounds of Sovereignty: Defining Federalism in the 1990s,” Indiana Law Review, 1998

John Yoo, “The Continuation of Politics by Other Means: The Original Understanding of War Powers,” California Law Review March, 1996

Sovereignty and human rights

Sharon Anderson-Gold “Terrorism and the Politics of Human Rights,” Social Philosophy Today, 2004.

Jovana Davidovic “Are Humanitarian Military Interventions Obligatory?” Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2008.

James Nickel “Is Today’s International Human Rights System a Global Governance Regime,” Journal of Ethics: An International Philosophical Review, 2002.

Christopher Wellman “Taking Human Rights Seriously,” Journal of Political Philosophy,  2012.


Laura Donohue “Federalism and the Battle over Counterterrorist Law: State Sovereignty, Criminal Law Enforcement, and National Security,” 25 Stud. Conflict & Terrorism 1 (2002)

Keith E. Whittington and Daniel P. Carpenter “Executive Power in American Institutional Development,” Perspective on Politics, 2003.

James R. Clapper, Statement for the Record: Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, 2013.