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
Born outside of Northern Ireland and only three years older than the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, I cannot claim first-hand knowledge of the difference it has made. But that I and those younger than me have not known a Northern Ireland at civil war … [Read more...] about 25 Years Young
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
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?
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?
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