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Roadmap to sustainable sovereignty: limitation of human occupiers

Augustina T. Clark


Sovereignty is the supreme power of a state. While every nation is recognised as a state, not every state is held to be sovereign. The state being an artificial entity is controlled, administered and headed by human beings. These human beings are not held to be sovereign by themselves, but can be regarded as human occupiers. A state is separate and distinct from its leaders and while the leaders ride on the sovereignty of the state while in the power of the office, that power is not of them. Once an occupier of an office in a sovereign state ceases to hold power, the state remains sovereign while the person relegates to the position of any other person not holding such office. This paper seeks to provide a template by which states can sustain their sovereignty independent of the human elements occupying the positions of maintaining and upholding such sovereignty. The paper would state the relevance of sovereignty to the legal system of a state using The Gambia as a major point of reference; as well as highlight the flickering issues of sovereignty in Taiwan. The various ways constituting a roadmap in which sovereignty can be sustained would be discussed. The paper would apply the various ways to the aforementioned states and conclude.

Keywords: Roadmap, Human occupiers, State, Sustainable Sovereignty, Limitations