The Case of Bolivia v. Chile in an Era of Transforming Sovereignty
28 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2014
Date Written: 2013
The article examines how the notion of sovereignty has undergone an essential transformation during the last decade. In contrast to the past, sovereignty is lost in a more aggressive way pursued by the international community in cases it deems vital interests are at stake. It is similarly acquired on a pragmatic basis, once a state entity demonstrates capacity to properly function as a state. In that sense, sovereignty becomes detached from ideology. The impression is rendered to international players that sovereignty is a flexible notion which can be easily claimed or questioned according to demands and interests.
The present article will examine how this perception is demonstrated in the case of Bolivia v. Chile. Moreover, it will further argue that international judicial bodies can substantially impact on this process of sovereignty's transformation by placing certain limits, which can enhance sovereignty's ability to adapt to the exigencies of the modern international landscape.
Keywords: sovereignty, international dispute settlement, Bolivia v. Chile case
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