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Road to repeat poll in Kenya: Is legislative amendment the cure?

Lucianna Thuo 25th October 2017

The unprecedented decision of the Supreme Court of Kenya (SCOK) to invalidate the presidential poll in August 2017 has received mixed reactions by the incumbent government and the opposition. The nullification of the result by the Supreme Court has been used by the opposition to leverage for certain pre-election reforms ­­­­— termed ‘irreducible minimums’— before […]

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Catalonia: The Right to Secede and the Right to Self-Determination

Daniel Grütters 23rd October 2017

In an address to the Parliament of Catalonia on 10th October 2017, the President of Catalonia issued a ‘suspended’ unilateral declaration of independence (“UDI”) from Spain. The ‘suspended’ UDI followed a controversial independence referendum on 1st October 2017. The referendum, which was mired by protests and attempts by federal police forces to prevent people from […]

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The Fulcrum for the Invalidation of Kenya’s 2017 Presidential Election: Section 83 of the Elections Act

Harrison Otieno 18th October 2017

As earlier reported on the blog, the Supreme Court of Kenya (“the Court”) made history on 1 September 2017 by becoming the second Court in Africa (after Cote d’Ivore) to invalidate a Presidential election. 21 days later, on 21September 2017, the final, detailed, and fully reasoned judgement of the Court was issued together with two […]

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The Repression of Human Rights in Togo: Exploring Legal Avenues of Redress

Tetevi Davi and Bamidayé Komi Assogba 17th October 2017

In recent months, scores of protests have taken place in the West African nation of Togo. A number of protests have also been held by the Togolese diaspora in several cities across the globe. Protesters have called for an end to the regime of incumbent President Faure Gnassingbé, who is accused of presiding over mass […]

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An Iraqi Kurdish Independence Referendum

Saeed Bagheri 25th September 2017

On 15 September 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish parliament voted to hold an independence referendum in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, and today, that referendum is taking place. Western and regional powers ― including Baghdad, Turkey, Iran, United States and the EU―  have expressed their opposition to the referendum because they believe that the referendum would detract […]

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