This chapter examines decisions on the legal form in which a peace agreement should be in place and how Framer attempts to circumvent restrictions imposed by positive legal categories. In particular, the debate shows how the gap between the positive legal requirements for form and obligations in the peace agreement has fostered innovation in a legal form. Although peace agreements have a clear legal form, their distinctiveness of the other documents in the class of law in question is more similar than those of the agreements of which they share the final category. While peace agreements are sometimes referred to as international treaties or agreements, sometimes as constitutions and sometimes as national legislation, they have common characteristics that arise from their mix of state and non-state parties, which give them distinctive characteristics from other documents in this category and indicate that peace agreements constitute a separate category of documents. „The detailed book , detailed and well documented Shaun McDaid`s on northern politics in the early 1970s is heavily based on the wealth of archives currently available in Belfast, London and Dublin. It also draws admirably a broad reading beyond these sources, and it obtains some useful judgments on this tumultuous and short period. McDaid makes an important contribution to our precise understanding of the details of these years. It is a fascinating book and a welcome addition to the shelves. Professor Richard English, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews (Irish Historical Studies, Nov 2014). , Huddersfield Daily Examiner, September 4, 2013 McDaid presents us with a more nuanced representation of the events around the failed executive. It shows how the fundamental principles of Sunningdale – approval, power-sharing and the Irish dimension – formed the basis of the current peace process.
[but] rightly rejects the proverb „Sunningdale for slow learners“ because of the scale of the violence that existed and the fact that paramilitaries on both sides were excluded from Sunningdale. – Dr. Martin McCleery, Queen`s University Belfast (Irish Political Studies, Feb 2015). | McDaid provides a comprehensive assessment of the political, social and economic position of different parties through archival research.