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The controversy over language in Catalan schools heats up

In this blog post, Jordi Argelaguet - Senior lecturer in Political Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - examines the recent controversy over language use in schools in Catalonia.
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The territorial dimension of Kazakhstan’s protests

Kazakhstan’s nationwide protests have important territorial aspects regarding their origin, scale, presence of violence, and people’s demands.
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Is colonialism over? Six decades after the “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples”

Ilker Gokhan Sen writes on colonialism - following the 61st anniversary of the “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples” - examining a number of territories and their administering states in detail, including Guam, Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
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Constitutional History and the Making of the Modern World

Harshan Kumarasingham, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, writes about constitutional history, and the new book by Linda Colley, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s constitutional crisis: Is this time different?

As the situation in Bosnia escalates, Dr Maja Sahadžić, University of Antwerp, gives her take on the long-running constitutional crisis in the region.
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Multilevel Politics, Climate and COP26

Elizabeth Bomberg reports back from COP26, stressing that the underlying message is worth repeating: substate actors are absolutely core to addressing climate change. All levels of governance – whether cooperating or competing - are needed to increase ambition and deliver the change needed.
Football

Sovereignty and non-state territories in international football

Who gets to play? And under what name? Ramesh Ganohariti, a PhD researcher in Dublin City University and participant in the Centre on Constitutional Change summer school, reflects on why FIFA recognises some countries without independent statehood but excludes others
Åland Islands

Sovereignty-enhancing or sovereignty-constraining? Taking stock of 25 years of EU-membership for the Åland Islands

In a blog written for the CCC Summer School, Susann Simolin takes stock of whether the Åland Islands have maintained their autonomy after Finland joined the European Union.
Summer School Blog

Pardons in Catalonia: dampening the flames of territorial conflict?

Carles Ferreira Torres is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent and an alumnus of the 2021 Centre on Constitutional Change Summer School.