About this Website
This website comes in two parts: trending news stories related to China, Tibet and International Law; posts related to my research.
The news feeds come from various sources such as blogs (e.g Opinio Juris), magazines (e.g The Diplomat) and news outlets (e.g Xinhua). I was looking for a way to manage current affairs info related to my research interests. Scanning multiple sites daily can be time consuming and I wanted to collect this data in one place for quick reference. The easiest solution was to set up an automated feed reader that filters and imports posts to this blog. I collect about 30 stories a day using this system, of which I publish a selection. In all cases the original post is referenced and the source made clear. I make no claim for the accuracy of this content. The aim here is to keep an eye on trending topics and current affairs.
The second part of the website is made up of posts I have written related to my research. Over the course of my research I have covered a wide geographical and historical terrain and I was interested in finding a simple way of visualising this data. For this reason I set up a timeline. This will also operate as a jump off point for more detailed posts as I develop the site.
My research focuses on two interrelated issues: first, the history of public international law’s engagement with Tibet; second, the history of Chinese law governing the Tibetan Autonomous Region. My research has been published as a monograph ‘Manufactured Obscurity: The Postcolonial Erasure of Suzerainty and the Changing Legal Status of Tibet’ (2015: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing).
The history of Tibet and its changing legal status reveals much about the discipline of international law, particularly in relation to postcolonialism. By shifting the question from ‘what was Tibet’s status?’ to the question of ‘how have perceptions of Tibet’s status changed?’ my research emphasises processes of continuity. I am especially interested in how this can force a re-evaluation of any notion of a definitive break between the inequities of colonialism and postcolonial models of progress, development and efficiency.
I now (April 2016) have an Academia.edu account. I am always open to engaging on issues broadly relating to my research interests, so feel free to connect.