Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Legal Aspects of the Referendum

As typically alarmist media reports continue regarding the possibility of a relapse into civil war in Sudan, not much attention has (at least in my reading) focussed on the legal aspects of the upcoming referendum and any conflict that follows. If the referendum, as many expect it will, delivers a result in favour of secession is that the end of the matter from a legal perspective? Further, if there is a resort to armed conflict between the north and south immediately after the referendum would that amount to an international armed conflict or a non-international armed conflict? Given Sudan's current treaty obligations, would that characterization have any material effect?

Monday, November 15, 2010

UN Prepared For Referendum Aftermath

It seems the UN is preparing for the worst when it comes to the upcoming referendum in Southern Sudan. Last month it voiced concerns of a return to war if the outstanding issues (vote eligibility and the North-South Border) were not settled before the January referendum.