China, State Sovereignty and International Legal Order


China’s rise has aroused apprehension that it will revise the current rules of international order to pursue and reflect its power, and that, in its exercise of State sovereignty, it is unlikely to comply with international law. This book explores the extent to which China’s exercise of State sovereignty since the Opium War has shaped and contributed to the legitimacy and development of international law and the direction in which international legal order in its current form may proceed. It examines how international law within a normative–institutional framework has moderated China’s exercise of State sovereignty and helps mediate differences between China’s and other States’ approaches to State sovereignty, such that State sovereignty, and international law, may be better understood.

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Phil C.W. Chan, Ph.D. (National University of Singapore, 2013), is Research Fellow at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Tel Aviv University, and Research Associate at the Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published over 30 refereed journal articles and presented over 70 invited lectures, seminars and conference papers.
"Chan’s book provides an extensive analyses and detailed discussions in an admirable manner on China’s exercise of state sovereignty...the book provides systematic research on China’s historical experiences and its exercise of state sovereignty, and it is valuable and helpful in developing a deep understanding of the interaction between China and international law."
-Wang Linbin, Law School of Xinjiang University
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