Two Ways to Secede in Life

By Shyamni Chokshi Last Sunday’s Catalan independence vote was one of two such ballots in the last fortnight. The stateless ‘Kurds,’ an ethnic group spread out across the Middle East, conducted their own referendum in Iraq. Both nations’ central governments argue that their constitutions do not allow any part or group within the country to […]

The Good Friday Agreement Gone Bad

By Mike Anderson The 2017 UK General Election saw the fall of a Conservative majority, a resurgent Labour Party, and a Northern Ireland dominated by 2 parties (with one independent): the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin. The loss of a majority presents Theresa May’s government with a serious problem: how to maintain government […]

The Quest for South Ledge

By Jing-Zhi Wong The sovereignty over ‘South Ledge’, ‘Pedra Branca’ and ‘Middle Rocks’ were the bones of contention in a dispute referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Singapore and Malaysia in 2003 by way of Special Agreement.[1] In 2008, while Pedra Branca was awarded to Singapore and Middle Rocks to Malaysia, the […]

High Tide: Climate Change and Island States

By Olivia Townsend Seas cover more than 70% of the surface of the globe and historically have performed two important functions: first, as a medium of communication, and secondly, as a plentiful resource. These functions prompted the development of legal rules governing the seas, the most relevant of which is the United Nations Convention on […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part III)

By Samuel Lindsay RECOGNITION Having established in Part I and Part II that Kosovo likely satisfies the Montevideo Convention and independence criteria, it becomes necessary to consider the vexed question of recognition. Put simply, recognition is a statement or act by a State indicating the status in international law of another entity. The entity in […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part II)

By Samuel Lindsay INDEPENDENCE Having established in Part I that Kosovo satisfies the classic criteria for statehood in the Montevideo Convention, it is necessary to move to the next requirement for statehood: independence. While it may evoke romantic visions of the American Revolutionary War or the long struggle for Indian independence, the term does not […]