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    Irish Unity: Lessons from Germany?

    Lock, Tobias (2022) Irish Unity: Lessons from Germany? Irish Studies in International Affairs, 33 (2). pp. 200-226. ISSN 2009-0072

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    What lessons could Ireland learn from German reunification? Its study demon-strates the sheer legal complexities an Irish unification process would herald. Like German reunification, Irish unity would require the completion of negotiations at different levels: internal, bilateral and international, including at EU level. Irish unification would meet a similar degree of legal complexity. Thus legal techniques deployed in Germany—such as frontloading, transition periods and conflict rules—could usefully be employed in Ireland. Some of the substantive questions to be resolved would be very similar, for example questions around the merger of two distinct legal, administrative and judicial systems. Others, such as how to deal with the legacies of the past, would also arise, but are more context-specific and require bespoke solutions. Some issues are unparalleled, such as the need to introduce a completely different economic order in East Germany or the protection of a unionist minority in a united Ireland.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Irish Unity; Lessons; Germany;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 17251
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    Depositing User: Tobias Lock
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2023 08:13
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Studies in International Affairs
    Publisher: RIA
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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