Sovereignty and the people from an international perspective

During the 'euphoria' period of the post Cold War era, the so called “S” word was considerably perceived as an impediment to the further realization of a globalized world, sharing common values and promoting universal goals. Concepts like justice, accountability and peace appeared to obtain an almost constitutional normative content accepted by the “international community as a whole”. However during the last years we witnessed an invocation of abusive popular sovereignty. Authoritarian leaders in the name of sovereignty impose domestically their unlimited rule and even invade foreign countries. Within this context the current contribution will attempt to shed light into different layers of the 'sovereignty dedalus', questioning our response to the threat of abuse and pure power.