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Legal Issues Surrounding the Referendum on Independence for Scotland

  • Stephen Tierney


The 2014 referendum: Towards a consensual process – The Edinburgh Agreement: framing the referendum process – Process rules and key issues – After the referendum: Scotland's status under international law – Secession under international law – Membership of international organisations, especially the European Union



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* Professor of Constitutional Theory and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, University of Edinburgh. The author also acts as Constitutional Adviser to the Scottish Parliament Referendum Bill Committee. This paper is written in a personal capacity. I am grateful to Alan Boyle, Katie Boyle, Thomas D. Grant, Matthew Happold, Ailsa Henderson, Robert Lane, James Summers, Jure Vidmar and the journal's anonymous reviewers for comments on earlier drafts. I am of course responsible for any remaining errors.


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