Yuan Yi Zhu

Yuan Yi Zhu is a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Pembroke College, Oxford and a member of Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Intimidation as Foreign Policy

  Download Publication   Online Reader In 2021, Mauritius enacted a law which criminalises “misrepresenting the sovereignty of Mauritius over any part of its territory”, part of its long-running campaign against Britain’s sovereignty over the strategically crucial Chagos Islands. Anyone, anywhere in the world who breaks the Mauritian law can be prosecuted and imprisoned for up to 10 years. In other words, it is now a crime under Mauritian law […]

Upholding Standards; Unsettling Conventions

Download Publication Online Reader Upholding Standards; Unsettling Conventions argues that proposals for a statutory role for the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests and putting the Ministerial Code on a legal footing would give rise to serious constitutional questions and carry substantial risks of undermining effective political accountability. The report argues that while maintaining standards is critical, this is best done through democratic means, rather than empowering unelected regulators. There are […]

Sovereignty and Security in the Indian Ocean

Download Publication Online Reader This paper makes the urgent case for the Government not to cede control of the Chagos Islands.  In November 2022, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK was entering into negotiations with Mauritius about the exercise of sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), one of the United Kingdom’s fourteen overseas territories. The BIOT is situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is […]

Putting Royal Assent in Doubt?

The parliamentary authorities have taken the view that because the Supreme Court has quashed the prorogation of Parliament, everything else done by the Royal Commission in the morning of 10 September has been quashed as well. Accordingly, both the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Lord Speaker have indicated that Royal Assent for the Restoration and Renewal Bill would need to be signified again. This paper argues that the Speakers have wrongly understood the Supreme Court’s judgment in this respect.

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The Queen’s Speech and Judicial Power: Could the British Bill of Rights make things worse?

While economic issues were very much at the forefront of this year’s Queen’s Speech, the government has also laid out a substantial constitutional and legal agenda as part of its legislative programme. The headline measure is the proposed British Bill of Rights, which would supersede the Human Rights Act. A perennial proposal most recently floated under David Cameron, the Bill’s stated aim is to restore “the balance of power between […]

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