Since the early 1960s an essential ingredient of Sweden's international development aid has been focused on democracy and human rights issues and Sweden has been refining its policy continuously within this area. Today this policy has reached a certain degree of sophistication and therefore a natural focal point is on the development of the
rule of law in various recipient countries. When and why was it introduced in Swedish development assistance? What does it actually entail? These and other issues related to assistance within the legal sector are discussed in this anthology written by university professors, researchers and lecturers from various law faculties and institutions in Sweden familiar with the developmental work which is channelled through the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA). It encapsulates both actual conditions and ideas outlining future perspectives.
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.