‘Empire’s Residue’

Paul F Scott, ‘The Privy Council and the constitutional legacies of Empire’, 71 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 261 (2020). On July 1, 1997, sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China, and, so the story goes, the sun finally set on the British Empire. Except it didn’t. As Paul Scott masterfully explicates in ‘The Privy Council and the constitutional legacies of Empire’, the Empire endures, both in terms of ongoing control over Overseas Territories unlikely to become independent, and in the retention of formal mechanisms of constitutional governance which hide this imperial residue from the domestic constitutional order … (more)

[Erin F Delaney, JOTWELL, 9 September]

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