Saving migrants’ basic human rights from sovereign rule
American political science review, 2022, Vol. 116, No. 3, pp. 954-967
SCHMID, Lukas Nepomuk, Saving migrants’ basic human rights from sovereign rule, American political science review, 2022, Vol. 116, No. 3, pp. 954-967 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/74026
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States cannot legitimately enforce their borders against migrants if dominant conceptions of sovereignty inform enforcement because these conceptions undermine sufficient respect for migrants’ basic human rights. Instead, such conceptions lead states to assert total control over outsiders’ potential cross-border movements to support their in-group’s self-rule. Thus, although legitimacy requires states to prioritize universal respect for basic human rights, sovereign states today generally fail to do so when it comes to border enforcement. I contend that this enforcement could only be rendered legitimate if it was predicated on more desirable conceptions of sovereignty that supported the universal prioritization of basic human rights. Specifically, desirable conceptions would not establish and require absolute state sovereignty over borders as a necessary precondition for true popular self-governance.
Published online: 04 February 2022
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/74026
Full-text via DOI: 10.1017/S0003055422000028
ISSN: 0003-0554; 1537-5943
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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