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.

Professor Phillip Murphy writes for The Conversation UK - Let the games begin, but what’s the point of the Commonwealth?

Monday 21 July 2014
Professor Phillip Murphy's article "Let the games begin, but what's the point of the Commonwealth?" has been published on The Conversation. 'On July 23 the Queen will open the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the process, she will no doubt also fire the starting pistol on the latest round of a favourite British pastime: worrying about the Commonwealth.' Continue reading the article on this link.

The ICwS archives have received and listed the papers of Billy Strachan

Tuesday 8 July 2014
Billy Strachan was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He arrived in England in March 1940 and joined the Royal Air Force. He became an air gunner and then a flight lieutenant. He returned  briefly to Jamaica and then came back to England in 1947. He was a  member of the Communist Party and the secretary of the London branch of  the Caribbean Labour Congress. He founded and edited a monthly journal, Caribbean News. He left the Communist Party in 1967 but continued to take a great interest in the politics and history of the West Indies.

CFP - What’s Happening in Black British History? A Conversation

Tuesday 24 June 2014
Thirty years after the publication of Peter Fryer’s Staying Power, immigration is still a hotly contested topic, while slavery continues to dominate popular perceptions of Black British History. New research is revealing different stories, but how is this being presented in Britain’s classrooms and museums?  We need a conversation between those actively involved in researching and communicating the history of peoples of African origin and descent in Britain about what it means to us today.

University of the West Indies doctorate for Sir Ronald Sanders

Wednesday 18 June 2014
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies would like to congratulate Sir Roland Sanders, Senior Research Fellow at the ICWS , for the award of an honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLtt) by the University of the West Indies (UWI) in recognition of his long and distinguished service to the Caribbean Region and the wider world. The award, made April 25 by the UWI’s Council and Senate, will be formally bestowed during an October ceremony at its St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.  To continue reading the story, click here .