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Brexit and Jersey Fishing Rights: The International Legal Status of the Crown Dependencies

Much ink has been spilled on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020 (which was preceded by a referendum which took place on 23 June 2016, and which was followed by a transition period which ended on 31 December 2020) ("Brexit"). Brexit, whether as a matter of international law, European Union law or UK domestic law, raises many issues to be dealt with: one of those issues, which has perhaps been given a disproportionately central prominence in public discourse, has been fishing rights – of British vessels in European Union waters, and of European Union vessels in British waters. Tensions in Jersey: background and causes For a short period in May 2021, the island of Jersey was the epicentre of these tensions over fishing rights, which bubbled over into a full-blown diplomatic crisis when dissatisfied French fishermen, who complained about the new and, to their minds, overly-restrictive fishing licensing system that had been brought into force in Jersey, blockaded St Helier harbour (albeit for all…

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Brexit, the Irish Protocol and the ‘Versailles Effect’

What does the Treaty of Versailles have to do with Brexit, you may be asking yourself? Quite a lot I would like to suggest. But a preliminary comment is necessary. In the current state of polarized societies  and, increasingly, a polarized academy, an old-style ‘Voltairian liberal’ like myself (of the ‘I disapprove of what you say, but…

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Collaborative Governance and Dispute Resolution: EU-UK vs. EU-Switzerland

In view of current and upcoming bilateral challenges for partnership agreements between the EU and third countries, this blog post aims at analysing the dispute resolution provisions of (i) both the post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) between the EU and the United Kingdom (UK), and the (ii) Draft Institutional Framework Agreement (IFA)…

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The Proposed Genocide Amendment to the UK Trade Bill: Paper Tiger or Self-Inflicted Wound?

Something is distinctly off with the UK’s engagement with public international law. Whether it be the Overseas Operations Bill, which last week passed its third reading in Parliament, in which the UK proposes to introduce a ‘triple lock’ designed to significantly curtail the circumstance in which members of the UK armed forces accused of committing war…

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Editorial: The UK Taken in Adultery. Who Will Cast the First Stone?

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,[t]hey say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? So…He lifted up himself and said…

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