Law Quarterly

The Theories of Statehood in the Context of International Law


From minor skirmishes between sedentary tribes at the start of the Neolithic Revolution to modern global conflicts, the idea of statehood and sovereignty has been a contentious topic influenced by individual and societal desires to create, govern, and possess a personal segment of the earth. Several events in particular marked revolutionary shifts in the discourse surrounding statehood, including the Treaty of Westphalia, the surge of nationalism leading up to World War I, and the Montevideo Convention. Amongst changing geo-politics, shifting borders, and increasing territorial conflicts, discourse surrounding statehood stems from one central question: what makes a state? (more…)