Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

Rigorous impartiality: What has been breached in the quest for a DUP deal and why the British will regret it

By: Katy Hayward

The principle of rigorous impartiality For over twenty-five years, the government of the United Kingdom has been under an extraordinary obligation. The last two governments have failed to uphold it. As a consequence, the present condition of the … [Read more...] about Rigorous impartiality: What has been breached in the quest for a DUP deal and why the British will regret it

Reporting the divide? The media and the constitutional debate in Northern Ireland

By: David McCann

Northern Ireland’s political dynamics have always been some of the most turbulent inthe United Kingdom. Much of the division and disruption comes from the divide thatexists on the constitutional future of Northern Ireland. Should it continue as part … [Read more...] about Reporting the divide? The media and the constitutional debate in Northern Ireland

In Review: Two Constitution Society Events in Edinburgh

By: Dexter Govan

Last week the Constitution Society went on the road to Edinburgh to host two events connected with what is increasingly termed the “territorial constitution”. Some months in the planning, the Society is indebted to our partners who helped make both … [Read more...] about In Review: Two Constitution Society Events in Edinburgh

1998 Agreement the North-South Dimension at 25

By: Lisa Claire Whitten

The North-South aspects of the 1998 Agreement contain some of its most constitutionally innovative provisions. Although not often acknowledged as such in the UK context, Strand Two institutions and related provisions introduced a quasi-confederal … [Read more...] about 1998 Agreement the North-South Dimension at 25

25 years on is Westminster backtracking on human rights in Northern Ireland?

By: Stuart Wallace

When the Good Friday Agreement was signed on 10 April 1998 it brought with it a profound sense of hope for people in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. While there wasn’t a sense that the conflict was at an end, there was at last a clear pathway … [Read more...] about 25 years on is Westminster backtracking on human rights in Northern Ireland?

Devolution and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: a stuttering failure?

By: Kelly Shuttleworth

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the momentous Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (GFA) that – among other things – helped to bring to a close the violence of “The Troubles” and established a series of new, interlocking institutions to govern … [Read more...] about Devolution and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: a stuttering failure?

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: its first 25 years

By: Clare Salters

It is customary, at milestone birthdays, to look back at what we have achieved – since the last milestone, or over our whole lives – and reflect on what we might want to change for the future. A sort of whole-life performance appraisal if you like. … [Read more...] about The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement: its first 25 years