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’.

Dr Sue Onslow contributes to the report 'Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2014'

Thursday 31 July 2014
Dr Sue Onslow, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Associate of the LSE IDEAS Africa Programme was asked to contribute on the report ‘Ministers Reference Book: Commonwealth 2014’. On her piece she reflects on the impact Nelson Mandela had on the Commonwealth. The report can be downloaded on this link .

The Queen's Commonwealth by Professor Philip Murphy - Gresham College

Friday 25 July 2014
As Glasgow prepares to host the Commonwealth Games, Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, explores the history and importance of the Commonwealth and asks, 'What Next?' on his lecture 'The Queen's Commonwealth: Monarchy and the End of Empire' at the conference held by Gresham College. Please find the link to the recording of the lecture here . The ttranscript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website, in this link.