TITLE

The Entangled Sovereignties of Air Police: Mapping the Boundary of the International and the Imperial

AUTHOR(S)
Munro, Campbell
PUB. DATE
July 2015
SOURCE
Global Jurist;Jul2015, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p117
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The contemporary proliferation of drones and other forms of aerial interventions herald the (re)emergence of air policing as the principal modality for the fabrication of order in the global periphery. Air policing is predominantly framed by international legal analysis as merely 'killing from above,' yet this designation obfuscates the concomitant occupation of airspaces entailed by drones and other aerial technologies. Such occupations constitute an assertion of jurisdiction in nominally sovereign airspaces authorised by latent imperial legality. The history of air policing reveals a genealogy of 'aerial imperial formations,' enfolded within the abstract airspaces regulated by international law notions of 'complete and exclusive' sovereignty. Through a focus on the spatio-legal construction of airspace, this paper proposes a reframing of the nexus of sovereignty, jurisdiction and territory, and suggests that we conceive of the principle of indivisible sovereignty as propounded under international law as profoundly entangled with the conception of sovereignty as divisible that animates jurisdictionally complex imperial law.
ACCESSION #
103640600

 

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