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Drafting Independence: The Catalan Declaration of Sovereignty and the Question of the Constituent Power of the People in Context

–Zoran Oklopcic, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University On January 23, 2013 the Catalan Parliament adopted the Declaration of Sovereignty and Right to Decide of the Catalan People.[1] The Declaration proclaims ‘the people of Catalonia’ to be ‘a sovereign political and legal subject’ with a ‘right to decide … their collective political future’. The

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Constitutionalize This: Catalan Referendum as Political Surprise and Theoretical Disruption

—Zoran Oklopcic, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa. Author of Beyond the People: Social Imaginary and Constituent Imagination (Oxford University Press, forthcoming February 2018). [Editor’s Note: This is the fifth entry in our symposium on Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia. We are grateful to our convener, Professor Zoran Oklopcic, for assembling an outstanding group of scholars to

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I-CONnect Symposium: The Independence Vote in Catalonia–Sovereignty Referendums: Constitutionalism in Crisis?

[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth entry in our symposium on Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia. We are grateful to our convener, Professor Zoran Oklopcic, for assembling an outstanding group of scholars to bring our readers helpful context and analysis during this important moment for the region. The introduction to our symposium is available here.] —Stephen Tierney, Professor of

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I-CONnect Symposium: The Independence Vote in Catalonia–The Constitutional Crisis of October 1

[Editor’s Note: This is the third entry in our symposium on Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia. We are grateful to our convener, Professor Zoran Oklopcic, for assembling an outstanding group of scholars to bring our readers helpful context and analysis during this important moment for the region. The introduction to our symposium is available here.] —Víctor Ferreres Comella,

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I-CONnect Symposium: The Independence Vote in Catalonia–! Aidez la Catalogne et l’Espagne !

[Editor’s Note: This is the second entry in our symposium on Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia. We are grateful to our convener, Professor Zoran Oklopcic, for assembling an outstanding group of scholars to bring our readers helpful context and analysis during this important moment for the region. The introduction to our symposium is available here.] —Antoni Abat i

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Introduction to I-CONnect Symposium: The Independence Vote in Catalonia

[Editor’s Note: I-CONnect is pleased to feature a five-day symposium on today’s independence vote in Catalonia. We are grateful to our convener, Professor Zoran Oklopcic, for assembling an outstanding group of scholars to bring our readers helpful context and analysis during this important moment for the region. Oklopcic is a constitutional and political theorist with specializations in

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Catalan Political Representatives Stand Criminal Trials

—Antoni Abat i Ninet, Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Copenhagen – Denmark The former President of Catalonia (sub-state entity) in Spain, Artur Mas, faces a criminal trial in Barcelona for organising a symbolic popular consultation on independence on 9 November 2014. The non-binding consultation was opposed by the Spanish government that challenged the Catalan

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Scottish independence and the European Union (I·CON 12, Issue 3: Editorial)

—J. H. H. Weiler, Editorial Director, I·CON; President and Secretary General, European University Institute The following Editorial was written before the voting in Scotland took place. It expresses a negative view regarding the prospects of Scottish independence written from both a Euro-prudential perspective and a more general normative one. There is no place for gloating. The

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What’s New in Public Law

–Simon Drugda, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford (UK) In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere. To submit

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Catalonia: Is There a “Right” to Secession?

—Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law The people of Catalonia voted on October 1 to secede from Spain.  The Catalan independence referendum was heavily contested by Spain, which declared it unconstitutional, and which attempted to meddle, through security and police action, in the voting process itself.  Despite reports of possible human rights violations by the

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