Sovereignty's Missing Moral Imperative

International Zeitschrift 8.2 (May 2012): 30-41

13 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2012

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C.G. Bateman

University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 31, 2012


The following paper claims that the theoretical construct of sovereignty was not only expropriated by the Christian religion out of ancient religious beliefs – shared with them by both Jewish and Muslim traditions – but, perhaps more importantly for modern policy considerations, that it always insisted on a positive moral imperative being placed on the person or body executing it in practice.

Keywords: Sovereignty, Definition of Sovereignty, Capacity, Moral Imperative, State Sovereignty, Theory of Sovereignty

Suggested Citation

Bateman, C.G., Sovereignty's Missing Moral Imperative (May 31, 2012). International Zeitschrift 8.2 (May 2012): 30-41, Available at SSRN:

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University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law ( email )


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