Territory and Justice: a research network

March 10, 2011

How to start your own state

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Bertram @ 4:29 pm

An interesting article in Mother Jones:

While places like Kurdistan and Somaliland might occupy more of the government’s time, the ranks of aspiring nations are filled with DIY democracies—places like North Dumpling Island in Long Island Sound, and Molossia in (or surrounded by) northern Nevada—that are often equipped with little more than a flag, an anthem, and a back porch. It’s these communities, known as micronations, that Canadian filmmaker Jody Shapiro set out to profile in his latest documentary, How to Start Your Own Country. Mother Jones spoke with Shapiro recently about micro-national alliances, the future of the nation-state, and what happens when the mother country doesn’t get the joke.


February 24, 2011

New draft in the pre-publication repository

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Bertram @ 4:26 pm

I’ve replaced the paper I gave at the Dublin workshop last summer with a new draft (almost completely rewritten). There’s actually rather less on territory and justice than the previous version, but I do touch on the topic when I’m attacking the Kantian idea that legitimate private property depends on the existence of an “omnilateral will”.

Justice and property: on the institutional thesis concerning property.

February 11, 2011

Southern Sudan

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 8:41 pm

Residents of Southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly to separate Southern Sudan from the greater Sudan.

Here‘s a very concise account of the secession vote and upcoming process.


October 8, 2010

Recession impact on migrants

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 10:06 am

Report on the impact of the recession on migrants from the BBC.  The full report is available in pdf, linked to this article.

September 19, 2010

Towards Recognition (Useful Blog on Environmental Migration)

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 8:20 pm

I came across this useful blog on environmental migrant issues.

August 7, 2010

Somalia: The perfect failed state

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 7:47 am

The case of the failed state is interesting because it forces the question: who has rights over territory and resources when the state has failed?  (And what are the contents of those rights?)

This Der Spiegel (English) article describes Somalia as the ‘perfect’ failed state.  The BBC News also has an informative profile of Somalia along with a list of articles.

Somaliland – by contrast – is a functioning independent democratic republic within the northern part of the geographic domain of Somalia.  They have not yet received international recognition.  Here is a quick profile of the region.

July 24, 2010

ICJ Document on Kosovo

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 11:00 am

Here is the Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice regarding Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence.

July 22, 2010

ICJ Opinion on Kosovo

Filed under: Uncategorized — caranine @ 9:29 pm

The ICJ released its position today that Kosovo’s declaration of independence is in accordance with international law.  (I can’t get access to the ICJ link, I think they might be too busy! But here’s the Reuter’s report.) Clinton released a statement supporting this position. Please post comments/more links.

July 10, 2010

More papers online from our Dublin Conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Bertram @ 4:47 pm

Some more papers from our Dublin conference are now online, they are:

July 1, 2010

New papers available online

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chris Bertram @ 9:24 am

Five papers from our forthcoming conference in Dublin are now available online at our pre-publication repository. They are:

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