Territory and sovereignty of the State in the face of global constitutionalism and the new global subjects

One of the main effects of globalization in the legal sphere has been to undermine a model of a self-referential State that is closed against any external interference in its internal relations, in some way breaking both the very close connection between law and sovereignty, which has long conditioned modern legal thought, and the relationship between public law and territory.
The aim of the contribution is to investigate the current significance of territory and sovereignty, as fundamental legal categories of modern public law, in particular in the light of the increased distance between politics (understood as the ability to make decisions) and power (understood as ability to implement them). This latter is located less and less in the States, but rather in the supranational global space and in the “new global sovereigns”, namely in all those subjects who manage to take part or to impose decisions of planetary political importance.