Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Catalonia

  • Hong Kong’s Unique “Co-Location” Arrangement

    —Dr. P. Y. Lo, Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong; Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong As Spain contemplates resuming direct rule over Catalonia, an autonomous region of Spain, by invoking the nuclear provision of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution in October 2017, [1] at the other side of the Globe, Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, contemplates petitioning the Chinese Central Authorities for a grant of power to enable it to enact legislation to regard one part of Hong Kong as outside Hong Kong’s territory and jurisdiction, so that a simultaneous decision of the Chinese Central Authorities would authorize the stationing of Chinese officers and sanction the application of Chinese laws and jurisdiction to the same part of Hong Kong.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Top Constitutional Events Of 2014

      2014 was a landmark year for governments around the world. Here are some of the most important constitutional events of the past twelve months, brought to you by the Comparative Constitutions Project and Constitute.   Jan|Feb|Mar|May|Jun|Sept|Oct|Nov|Dec     January: Egypt Holds Constitutional Referendum On January 24, 2014, poll results showed that Egyptian voters approved a constitutional referendum by over 98 percent.

  • 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 Secessionist Challenge In Spain: An Independent Catalonia?

    Constitutional waters are turbulent in Spain, as a result of recent events in Catalonia. On September 11, large numbers of Catalans took to the streets in Barcelona to celebrate the annual Diada nacional. This time, however, they did so under a new banner: “Catalonia: the next European state”.