Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Secession

  • Independence Referenda Through the Prism of Kurdistan (I-CONnect Column)

    —Aslı Bâli, UCLA School of Law [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. Columns, while scholarly in accordance with the tone of the blog and about the same length as a normal blog post, are a bit more “op-ed” in nature than standard posts.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Developments in Spanish Constitutional Law: The Year 2015 in Review

    [Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment in our Year-in-Review series. We welcome similar reports from scholars around the world on their own jurisdictions for publication on I-CONnect. Earlier year-in-review reports have been published on Italy, the Slovak Republic, Romania, Belgium, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Indonesia. 

  • Venice is not Barcelona: A Less Aggressive Regional Question gets a More Nuanced Constitutional Answer

    —Diletta Tega, University of Bologna (Italy) In 2014 it was not only the Catalan and Scottish governments which were involved in claims for independence: the Italian Region of Veneto was also involved. Yet the three cases are very different: in this post, I will try to describe the Veneto case and highlight its peculiarities.

  • Video Interview: Developments in Spanish Constitutional Law Featuring Benito Alaez Corral

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Benito Aláez Corral on developments in Spanish constitutional law. In the interview, we explore the constitutional implications of secession, the tension between realizing the promise of socio-economic rights and the increasing financial pressures on the state, the role of Parliament in addressing these and other challenges in Spain, as well as the viability of formal constitutional amendment under the Spanish Constitution.