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The Issue of Sovereignty in the Overseas Jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

The Issue of Sovereignty in the Overseas Jurisdiction of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

The English legal system has been around for nearly a thousand years, and so it can be excused for having the odd quirk. It remains the case that all whales and sturgeons found on the British coast are property of the crown, as are all wild, unmarked, mute swans in open water. It is illegal...
How small states get stuff done

How small states get stuff done

International relations is a high stakes game – it can only be played by the most efficacious players. If you aren’t Russia, China, the US, a major EU player, or a (possibly) rogue nuclear state like North Korea, chances are you don’t get the attention you deserve. So what can the other 190 or so...
Birds of a feather? Burundi and Rwanda: the dangers of ignoring Africa’s Great Lakes Region (again)

Birds of a feather? Burundi and Rwanda: the dangers of ignoring Africa’s Great Lakes Region (again)

In 1994, the world stood and watched as Rwanda burned. Granted, there was little that the international community could have done to stem or prevent the violence, short of travelling back at least several years, if not several decades, to avert the pre-cursors of the violence. The international community vowed to never let such a...
‘I’ve never felt Chinese in the first place’ – Hong Kong Identity and What Comes Next

‘I’ve never felt Chinese in the first place’ – Hong Kong Identity and What Comes Next

From the top of Victoria Peak, you are afforded perhaps the greatest view Hong Kong has to offer. The first thing you notice through the flora is the mass of skyscrapers on the Island itself. It was ceded to the British Empire following the First Opium War in 1842. Turn your gaze northward across Victoria...
‘When the time calls we cut off our chains’ – Catalan independence and why Catalonia won’t be like Scotland

‘When the time calls we cut off our chains’ – Catalan independence and why Catalonia won’t be like Scotland

The idea of European separatism has been banded around a lot in the wake of Scotland’s 2014 referendum and the country that appears top of the billing for potential statehood is the Catalan region of Spain. So what makes Catalonia special? Scottish independence failed, and anyone who knows me knows that I came out strongly...
Left out in the cold? What Jeremy Corbyn’s Foreign Policy Would Mean for the UK

Left out in the cold? What Jeremy Corbyn’s Foreign Policy Would Mean for the UK

On 12th September, left-winger Jeremy Corbyn was elected as the Leader of Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition in a move described by Prime Minister David Cameron as a ‘threat to national security’[1] and a ‘radical breakthrough in British politics’ by the Russian Ambassador to London[2]. His distinct – some may say radical – foreign policy...