What to do with Sovereignty?
‘Principles of Law’: Final Paper
In this article, a number of positions are discussed on the question of how sovereignty could be reconciled with a context in which several legal orders seem to co-exist. In this discussion, the author recognises two camps: those who still believe in sovereignty as a foundational theory for the authority of the law, and those who reject such theories and propose a different account. After having assessed these opinions, the author concludes that the different theories either throw overboard constitutive characteristics of sovereignty in their attempt to save it, or do not succeed in proposing a convincing alternative account. As a conclusion, the author believes that the way to get out of the ongoing dilemma, is to recognise the EU as a sovereign state. This position has several benefits, of which the possibility to enhance the democratic character of the EU is the most important one.