Syllabus on International Relations

By Parker Thomas Moon; Institute of International Education (New York, N.Y.) | Go to book overview

PART TEN
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION, THE LEAGUE,
AND THE WORLD COURT
General references:-- J. W. Hughan, International Government. P. M. Brown , International Society. C. D. Burns, International Politics. R. S. Bourne (ed.), Towards an Enduring Peace. S. P. Duggan (ed.), League of Nations. F. C. Hicks, The New World Order. P. B. Potter, Introduction to the Study of International Organization. H. W. V. Temperley (ed.), History of the Peace Conference of Paris, II, 21-31, VI, 426-582. E. Krehbiel, Nationalism, War and Society. F. S. Marvin, Evolution of World Peace. J. A. Hobson, Towards International Government. L. S. Woolf , International Government.
I. BASIC ELEMENTS IN THE PROBLEM

A. NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY.
Special references:-- * Hicks, ch. i. * Potter, 3-20. Duggan, 161-183. Willoughby, Nature of the State, ch. ix. W. W. Willoughby and C. G. Fenwick , Types of Restricted Sovereignty. H. J. Laski, Studies in the Problem of Sovereignty. Oppenheim, International Law, Part I, ch. i, sec. i; Lawrence, International Law, 47 ff., 115 ff.; or other textbooks on international law and political theory.
1. Juristic development of the theory of national sovereignty and independence.
2. National sentiment as a potent stimulus to the theory of absolute sovereignty.
3. Absolute national sovereignty as a limit on development of international organization.
a. Non-coercive and relatively ineffective character of international law, in a world of sovereign states obeying no superior; contrast with other forms of law.
b. Tendency of nationalists to repudiate proposals for international organization as attacks on sovereignty.
4. Some criticisms of the doctrine of sovereignty.
a. Difficulty of applying principle of absolute sovereignty to actual status of states (see Part 1, I-A).
b. Contention that concept of national sovereignty is unreal, since in actual life we obey many limited sovereignties--private organizations, religious authority, economic control, local government, etc.
c. Contention that since economic life and culture are partly international, sovereignty should also be partly international, partly national.

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