Territorial Rights: Concept and Justification

  title={Territorial Rights: Concept and Justification},
  author={David Miller},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={252 - 268}
This article begins by analysing the idea of territorial rights. It argues that the rights over territory standardly claimed by states can be separated into three main elements: the right of jurisdiction, the right to the territory's resources and the right to control borders. A full justification of territorial rights must therefore address each of these three elements. It proceeds to examine theories that treat states as the primary holders of territorial rights. Utilitarian theories (such as… Expand
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