Understanding Catalonia from a Constitutional Perspective

30 October 2017, 6.30 PM - 30 October 2017, 7.30 PM

Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells

Coutts Lecture Theatre

Bristol's Student Law Conference will be hosting lectures in the run up to the annual Law Conference, which will be held early next year. The first lecture will be in relation to Catalonian independence. All students are welcome to attend the event. 

'Understanding the Catalan Conflict from a Spanish Constitutional Perspective' 

The now sadly well-known 'Catalan Conflict' has been very present in international media since early September 2017, when the regional Catalan Government embarked on an independentist challenge to have the region break away from Spain. The poor management of the challenge by the Spanish central government eventually resulted in police violence to prevent an independence referendum, which only fuelled independentist claims of State oppression as the hopes of legitimisation and recognition of the results of the referendum vanished. The Catalan and Spanish governments have since adopted positions that foresee an unavoidable clash towards the end of October, in particular if the Spanish government decides to suspend Catalan autonomy. The future evolution of the conflict is difficult to foresee.

In his talk, Dr Sanchez-Graells will place the Catalan Conflict in the context of the Spanish Constitutional Framework and will explain how regional autonomy has evolved in the almost 40 years since the adoption of the Spanish Constitution of 1978. He will also compare the regime of Catalan self-government with those of other regions in countries with a federal structure. He will also cover the timeline of developments of the last two months, and map out the implications of different scenarios, such as the effectiveness of the currently suspended unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan Primer Minister Mr Puigdemont, or the suspension of the regional autonomy by the Spanish Government led by Mr Rajoy.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session, and participants are encouraged to send their questions in advance.

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