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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.
Scottish Parliament election reaction

Scotland’s Approach to Human Rights and Foreign Policy

As the dust settles on the Scottish elections, Kurt Mills, Andrea Birdsall and Naomi McAuliffe reflect on the manifesto commitments the parties made to external relations and human rights. They expect to see a progressive and engaged Scotland that supports human rights domestically and internationally, even if the key fault line of independence continues to divide the population.
Global View

Party Manifesto Support for a Scottish Council on Global Affairs

Professor Juliet Kaarbo, Professor Peter Jackson and Professor Phillips O’Brien discuss the potential of a Scottish Council on Global Affairs:- what it is, what it would do and the level of cross-party support for the initiative.
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Comparative Perspectives on Secession series: The politics of constitutional reform and secession in Canada and Spain

In the first in our Comparative Perspectives on Secession series, join our panel as they provide comparative context to the UK constitutional debate, with reflections from Canada and Spain.
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Opinion: 2021 Catalan Election

Catalan regional election took place on Sunday (14 February) with pro-independence parties increasing their overall majority. This election saw the lowest turnout on record, but this does not take away from the constitutional significance of the vote. CCC's Daniel Cetrà and Michael Keating give their views. 
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Shades of Solidarity: Comparing Scottish and Flemish Responses to the Catalan Referendum

From their recently published article, Judith Sijstermans (University of Birmingham) and Coree Brown Swan (Centre on Constitutional Change) examine how European sub-state nationalist parties, specifically the Flemish Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie (N-VA) and the Scottish National Party (SNP), provided support and solidarity throughout the 2017 Catalan referendum.
View and sign posts in South Tyrol

South Tyrol: Minority Identities beyond Linguistic Divisions

In this, our last installment from our collaboration with H-Nationalism, Patrick Utz (University of Edinburgh) explores national identities in South Tyrol in the 20th and 21st century.