DPI Briefing Note: Catalonia – from 2012 to 2016

The case of Spain and Catalonia demonstrates the challenges and complex questions presented by decentralisation processes, which can be an important means by which to enhance democracy and to protect and promote the diverse cultural, economic and geographical rights and interests of different groups within a State. This paper outlines the current context in Catalonia … Read moreDPI Briefing Note: Catalonia – from 2012 to 2016

The role of European Union accession in democratisation processes

This paper presents the achievements, challenges and toolbox of the European Union in the field of democratisation. By giving an overview of the European Union’s multi-faceted approach to democracy promotion, this paper puts forward the capacity of the European Union to act as a ‘normative power’. This paper forms part of DPI’s ongoing research on … Read moreThe role of European Union accession in democratisation processes

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Refugees, Conflict, and International Law

This research paper is the result of a collaboration between DPI and Al Marsad, an independent human rights organisation with a history of engagement with refugee issues, and with whom this research paper was co-written. The paper seeks to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of the current refugee movement crisis with a specific focus … Read moreThe Syrian Refugee Crisis: Refugees, Conflict, and International Law