Carmen Pavel's Divided Sovereignty Forthcoming from Oxford University Press

Oct. 14, 2013
Carmen Pavel’s book, Divided Sovereignty: International Institutions and the Limits of State Authority, will be published by Oxford University Press. Here is a brief description:
 
How can individuals be safeguarded against large scale of violations of their basic rights by their governments? The predominant answer so far has been to improve domestic protections by constitutionally limiting the power of the executive, strengthening individual rights and insisting on the separation of government powers. Due to various constraints, for large numbers of people living in oppressive regimes this is not a live option. Divided Sovereignty examines the question of whether international institutions are justified in constraining states when they commit abuses against their own citizens. Carmen Pavel argues that enhancing individual rights protection is possible if we develop a new understanding of sovereignty that permits a division of authority between domestic and international agents.