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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Northern Ireland

Rainer Grote

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 December 2019

Subject(s):
Secession — Sovereignty — National liberation movements — Peace keeping — Disarmament — Armed forces

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Northern Ireland conflict has been one of the longest and most protracted in recent European history. It is a legacy of England’s long and often violent involvement in Ireland, which started as early as the late 12th century when the first English settlers arrived in Ireland. Not surprisingly, the attempts to settle the conflict have been equally complex, often straddling the boundaries between international and constitutional law and establishing a multi-layered political and institutional framework. In the process, the British and Irish governments have...
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