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Cartographies of the Present: ‘Contingent Sovereignty’ and Territorial Integrity

Kendall, Sara (2017) Cartographies of the Present: ‘Contingent Sovereignty’ and Territorial Integrity. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, . pp. 83-105. ISSN 0167-6768. (doi:10.1007/978-94-6265-207-1_4) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:63882)

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Abstract

Sovereignty as territorial integrity has been recast by state legal advisors, diplomats and scholars, who employ terms and principles from international law while disregarding the content of the law. This chapter takes up the apparent permeability of borders in contemporary discourses and practices of military intervention. In spaces of alleged terrorist activity the relationship between state and territory has been called into question, and the global legal imaginary of sovereign states is separated de facto into actual sovereigns and ‘contingent’ sovereigns. The claim that ineffective internal sovereignty may justify intervention forms part of a broader reconfiguration of the relationship between sovereignty and territory. Drawing upon insights from political geography, this chapter uses ‘contingent sovereignty’ as a critical diagnosis. It focuses on contemporary practices of drone warfare and emerging justifications for intervention that are premised upon a state’s unwillingness or inability to confront internal threats. It argues that the international legal order is recast in these cartographic projections, where territory operates as a political technology for preserving certain populations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-94-6265-207-1_4
Uncontrolled keywords: Territory, Sovereignty, Drones, Asymmetrical warfare, Biopolitics
Subjects: K Law
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sara Kendall
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 13:59 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2020 03:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63882 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kendall, Sara: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7112-1438
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