On Sovereignty

Dan Jerker B Svantesson*, Samuli Haataja*, Danielle Ireland-Piper*, Kuan-Wei Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The concept of sovereignty is more important than ever in the cyber context, yet it is poorly understood. With this article, we are seeking to contribute towards a shared understanding of the concept of sovereignty by succinctly addressing the following six, interrelated, questions:

Who can claim to have sovereignty;
Over what can one have sovereignty;
What are the consequences of having sovereignty over something;
Who can violate sovereignty;
What is the threshold for violating sovereignty; and
What are the consequences of violating sovereignty?

However, this article is not limited to a descriptive account of the law as it stands today. A purely descriptive account would not provide a full picture of the complex concept of sovereignty, and we have felt it appropriate to enter the territory of law reform options in parts of the discussion.

While sovereignty is a technology-neutral concept and the article addresses it as such, particular attention is directed at sovereignty in the cyber context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-85
Number of pages53
JournalMasaryk University Journal of Law and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


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