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Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights


  • Has a simplified holistic structure, making it easy to use as a single resource

  • Brings together the separate dimensions of territorial rights in one comprehensive volume

  • Breaks down traditional barriers between research communities

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Table of contents (81 entries)

About this book

This major reference work is a single-volume Encyclopedia that consolidates existing knowledge about territorial rights with new developments in academic scholarship. It contains more than 500 entries which combine concepts and theoretical arguments with concise, up-to-the-minute, graphic summaries of practical disputes about immigration, natural resources, secession, minority rights, borders, restorative justice, Aboriginal rights, and other issues related to territory. 

The entries cover three levels. The first level concerns specific territorial claims, and provides specific examples of disputes over territory, each of which gives rise to a unique series of territorial claims. Some examples in this category are Crimea/Ukraine, Russia, the Northwest Passage and Scottish Independence. The second level covers types and causes of territorial conflict. Prominent examples are conflicts about immigration, minority rights, indigenous people, and unoccupied land. The third level focuses on normative theories of territorial rights. Here the object of study involves the norms and political practices that govern territorial rights, both inside sovereign jurisdictions and at large in global society. Examples are individualism, nationalism/national self-determination, and a statist/collectivist framework. This section includes proposals for theories of territorial rights, such as associative, remedial, pluralistic and descriptive theories.

The combination of concise entries listed alphabetically, abundant links to academic sources, and a bibliography of territorial rights make this major reference work a primary research tool for scholars and a comprehensive introduction to new developments in a number of linked fields.

Editorial Board

Dr. Kevin W. Gray, Dr. Costas Laoutides, Dr. Laura Lo Coco, Dr. Lavonna L. Lovern, Dr. Nick C. Sagos, Dr. Katrinka Somdahl-Sands


  • Academic debate on “territorial rights"
  • Dimensions of territorial rights
  • Disputes about immigration
  • Aboriginal rights
  • Territorial Disputes
  • Territorial claims
  • Causes of Territorial Conflict
  • Geopolitical disputes
  • Sovereign state as a dominant political form
  • Causes of Territorial Conflict
  • Conflicts about minority rights
  • Conflicts about Indigenous Peoples
  • Territorial pluralism and remedial justice
  • Territorial rights
  • Territorial Settlement

Editors and Affiliations

  • Fordham University, New York, USA

    Kevin W. Gray

About the editor

Kevin Gray is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at Fordham University. He was previously counsel for the Government of Ontario (Crown Law - Civil Division) where he practiced public, constitutional and aboriginal law, a visiting scholar in philosophy at Boston College and the University of Frankfurt, and in law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He was also Assistant Professor of International Studies (with tenure) and Director of the Gulf Studies Center at the American University of Sharjah.He holds a PhD from Laval University in legal and political philosophy (2011), a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School (2020), as is an LLM candidate at Columbia Law School (2022, anticipated). His current research focuses on the relationship between critical theory and international law. His monograph, Parliamentary Sovereignty, International Law and Human Rights, which investigates the impact of international human rights law on common law constitutions, is under contract with Routledge Press (forthcoming 2022). He is also writing a monograph with Thomas W. Simon, entitled the Birth and Death of Legal Radicalism (under contract with Springer).

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