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An Economic Analysis of Territorial Sovereignty in International Law

Research Handbook on the Economics of Public International Law, Eugene Kontorovich (ed.), Edward Edgar Publishing, Forthcoming

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-126

33 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2013  

Abraham Bell

Bar Ilan University - Faculty of Law; University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The laws of territorial sovereignty are among the earliest to have been developed in modern international law, and are among the most important. While this would seem to indicate the potential attractiveness of normative economic analyses of the laws of territorial sovereignty, there is unfortunately little scholarship on territorial sovereignty law that utilizes the insights of economic analysis.

This essay aims to begin filling that gap by utilizing insights from a related field of private law: property. The doctrines of territorial sovereignty bear a strong resemblance to the laws of property in municipal law. Territorial sovereignty, like property; contains rules of acquisition, transfer, and abandonment. It uses chains of title to evaluate claims, and adopts standard property maxims such as nemo dat quod non habet, (one cannot transfer what one does not have). The Essay presents several areas of research in the field of property law that can fruitfully be incorporated into economic analysis of territorial sovereignty, and suggests the means for incorporating the insights.

Unfortunately, economic analysis of property law can only partially fill the gaps in analysis of territorial sovereignty. Many of the concerns of the law of territorial sovereignty differ significantly from those of property. The Essay, thus, considers future potential directions for research, and concludes with observations on the limitations of the analogy between property and territorial sovereignty.

Keywords: territorial sovereignty, international law, borders, economic analysis, property

JEL Classification: F5, F59, K11, K33

Suggested Citation

Bell, Abraham, An Economic Analysis of Territorial Sovereignty in International Law (2012). Research Handbook on the Economics of Public International Law, Eugene Kontorovich (ed.), Edward Edgar Publishing, Forthcoming; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-126. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2280746

Abraham Bell (Contact Author)

Bar Ilan University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Faculty of Law
Ramat Gan, 52900
Israel

HOME PAGE: http://law.biu.ac.il/English/segelE.php#

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

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