Territorial Sovereignty Inconsistent with the Anthropocene Period

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Thiti Waikavee


Territorial sovereignty (TS) can trace back to the Peace of Westphalia 1648 and firmly recognizes as a core principle in international environmental law. In traditionally, the TS provides the sovereign right to nations/states in natural resource exploitation according to their own needs. However, it is argued that the absolute right freely authorizes nation/state to mistreat to their natural resources and even to ignore common responsibility to global environmental problems.

This research paper points out that the TS is limited when the situation comes to global or transboundary environmental problems.  It is out of date for a new geological epoch, “Anthropocene” meaning the epoch that human activities (including cultures and rules) have created significant impacts on the earth’s ecosystems. For international law, nation/state, which is recognized as a person in the international community, cannot deny that its activity causes the most severe impacts on the earth ecosystems.  Hence, the nation/state shall not take the opportunity under the limitation of the TS to deny a common responsibility for protecting the earth’s ecosystem. This paper suggests reconsidering the state trusteeship and an initial concept of transnational environmental law


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Waikavee, T. (2019). Territorial Sovereignty Inconsistent with the Anthropocene Period. CMU Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 12(1), 1-21. Retrieved from https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/CMUJLSS/article/view/134101
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