Title

Abu Dhabi-Great Britain and the crisis over jurisdiction 1959-1960

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Federico Velez, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Historia Actual Online

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Abstract

Demands to the British government for supreme jurisdiction over his territory presented by the ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1959 created a diplomatic crisis captured in the internal correspondence of the British government. Sheikh Shakhbout forced the entire bureaucracy that was dealing with the Trucial States � the Foreign Office in London, the British Resident in Bahrain, and the Political and Administrative Agents in Abu Dhabi and Dubai � to reexamine the legality of their presence in the region and the ethical limits of the judicial system imposed on this land. Nevertheless, the author argues, the crisis went beyond the mere discussion over jurisdictional powers. It is also a window into the internal impact of the domestic politics of the region, in the form of a broader Arab Nationalist movement, as well as an interesting preamble of the effects of oil on the dealings between Abu Dhabi and Great Britain.

Volume

25

First Page

31

Last Page

40

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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