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.
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.
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.