Aspects of Sovereignty

Sino-Swedish Reflections


The overall objective of this unique volume is to understand what effects globalisation has had on the traditional views of sovereignty, seen from a
Chinese and European, primarily Swedish, perspective. Does the cultural-historical approach have any value in China today or is it only seen
as political reminiscence with very little real effects in the wake of globalisation? What are the differences between different understandings of
sovereignty in different parts of the world? How has the concept changed generally because of a different international structure, with for example
regional integration gaining in importance not least in Europe? These are some of the underlying questions being addressed in this anthology.
The authors are Chinese and Swedish scholars who offer reflections from the perspective of legal philosophy, public international law, international human rights law, economic law and international relations.

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Per Sevastik works at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian law, situated at Lund University in Sweden. He holds a LL.M from the University of Stockholm, a LL.M in International Legal Studies from Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Law in Public International Law from the University of Uppsala. He has been Guest Professor at Peking University Law School 2006–2007, and since 2009 appointed as Guest Professor at the same university for a three-year period where he also has lectured at various other universities in China. His most recent publications are a book titled (A book on international law, Norstedts Juridik, 2009), which he edited and to which he contributed chapters, and a chapter on China in a comparative constitutional law publication (Iustus, 2012).).
List of Contributors; List of Abbreviations;
Introduction Per Sevastik;
1. Sovereignty’s Implications for China: Then and Now Junwu Pan;
2. Some Aspects on the Effects of Human Rights Law and Its Implications on International Law Per Sevastik;
3. Sovereignty and Transnational Investments Pär Hallström;
4. Regional Integration and Sovereignty: The Sum Is More Than Its Parts? Katrin Nyman-Metcalf;
5. Hong Kong’s Sub-Sovereign Status and Its External Relations Simon Shen;
6. Intertwined Sovereignties and the Problem of Legitimate Opposition in the European Union Sverker Gustavsson;
7. The Horizontal State – States and Agencies in a World Without Boundaries Bo Wennström;
8. The End of State Sovereignty? – From a Chinese Perspective Zewei Yang;
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