The Extinction of Nation-States

38 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2007


Hugo Grotius founded his theory of international law on the concept of territorial sovereignty. Over the centuries, territorial sovereignty has played a key role in the development of international legal order. The world has now been divided into nearly two hundred nation-states. The people are proud of their national identities and are willing to sacrifice their lives for their beloved nation-state. But just as dinosaurs have disappeared from the face of the earth, so will nation-states with sovereign borders. One Earth will rise again, free from the walls and fences that nations are building around their unsustainable sovereignty.

Keywords: nation-state, Grotius, Kelsen, One Earth, Free State

Suggested Citation

Khan, Ali, The Extinction of Nation-States. American University International Law Review, Vol. 7, p. 197, 1992, Available at SSRN:

Ali Khan (Contact Author)

Legal Scholar Academy ( email )

Topeka, KS 66610
United States


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