ICWS Director Professor Philip Murphy on 'The curious case of the disappearing Commonwealth'

Wednesday 22 April 2015
Writing in The Conversation, Institute of Commownealth Studies Director Professor Philip Murphy reflects on the Commonwealth's place - and absence - in UK party manifestos ahead of the May election. He notes that the generally lukewarm references to the Commonwealth also hearken back to the rhetoric of the interwar period. Read the piece here.

Director of Institute of Commonwealth Studies comments on Queen's Commitment to the Commonwealth

Tuesday 14 April 2015
Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was quoted in an article in  The Times  about the Queen's decision to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta later this year, having missed the 2013 summit in Sri Lanka. In ‘Queen shows that family of nations is close to her heart’, Professor Murphy says he understands hopping on a plane to Malta is completely different to taking a long-haul flight to Sri Lanka but, "this is still grist to the mill of those of us who argued that the Queen was sending a distinct messag

Mandela: Myth and Reality featured on Deutsch Welle

Wednesday 24 December 2014
The Mandela: Myth and Reality conference organised by ICWS has featured on Germany’s Deutsch Welle AfricaLink on Air radio station. Lasting about 22 minutes, the report said delegates were divided on many issues including one that won’t go away – whether or not Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. Listen to the report (at 16.33 on the programme)

ICWS Senior Research Fellow offers new evidence about the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld

Monday 22 December 2014
Dr Susan Williams, ICWS senior research fellow, has been quoted in a Guardian story about a possible new United Nations inquiry into the death of the organisation’s secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, in a plane crash in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). The article, UN poised to open fresh inquiry into 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld crash , said Dr Williams’s 2011 book Who Killed Hammarskjöld? The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa , offered new evidence and has helped to cast doubt on the official version of events.

Dr Julian Burger awarded prize for best policy-relevant article

Thursday 18 December 2014
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce that Dr Julian Burger has been awarded the third annual Peter Lyon Memorial Prize. Dr Burger has been awarded the prize for his article, ‘Indigenous Peoples in Commonwealth Countries: the Legacy of the Past and Present-Day Struggles for Self-Determination’ , published in The Round Table, volume 102, issue 4 (August 2013).

His middle name was trouble, but did he free a nation? Mandela's legacy

Monday 1 December 2014
Nelson Rolihlahla (Xhosa for 'troublemaker') Mandela has been described as a phenomenon and a global icon. He was also a practical, pragmatic politician. But who was the real Nelson Mandela? Mandela: myth and reality , a conference which will be held at Senate House on 5 December, explores the man behind the myth.

ICWS staff publication hat trick

Wednesday 5 November 2014
Institute of Commonwealth Studies academic staff members Dr David James Cantor , Reader in International Human Rights Law, and Dr Sarah Singer , Early Career Academic in Refugee Law, have both recently had articles published in the Journal of International Criminal Justice . Dr Cantor’s article is a timely reflection on the laws of war and how they can contribute to securing refuge from the inhumanity of war, published as part of a Refugee Law Initiative -led project on ‘Refuge from Inhumanity’.