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Winter school on federalism and governance 2018

Dates: 5 February - 16 February 2018

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The first week (5 - 9 February) takes place at the Faculty of Law and School of Political Science and Sociology, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria;
The second week (12 - 16 February) takes place at the Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy.
 
Deadline for applications: 26 October 2017

The Winter School is a cross-border postgraduate programme located in the heart of the Alps under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
The 2018 edition will focus on “federalism in the making”.

The Winter School is designed for participants from all nationalities who wish to broaden their knowledge of federalism and multilevel governance through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. We welcome applications from post-docs, postgraduate & graduate students, researchers, civil servants, employees of national/international organizations or NGOs. The Winter School explores how federalism can contribute to multilevel, integrated and pluralistic decision-making. It is a unique opportunity to receive training on theoretical and practical aspects of federalism and governance.

WHAT IS THE WINTER SCHOOL ABOUT?

The Winter School is a two-week international postgraduate programme on federalism, regionalism and multilevel governance.
It explores, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, how federalism can contribute to multilevel, integrated and pluralistic decision-making.
A wide range of lectures provides an opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of multilevel governance and government, especially from the perspectives of legal and political sciences.
Top-notch scholars coming from different backgrounds and from around the globe lead courses and workshops on federalism and its challenges in the Winter School’s international learning environment.
The 2018 edition of the School will focus on federalism in the making. For one week at the University of Innsbruck and one week at Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, participants will analyze the basic requirements, origins and evolution of federal states, constitution making, as well as the success and risk factors of multilevel systems. A wide range of case studies and examples of symmetric and asymmetric federations, the European Union, multinational states or current examples in Eastern Europe will be discussed.
Furthermore, the study of different policy fields, such as financial relations or environmental and social policies, will provide insights into the workings of multilevel governance.
Beside numerous opportunities for discussion with leading experts on multilevel governance throughout the lectures, the interactive sessions will also offer participants the chance to share knowledge amongst themselves. Both lectures and workshops will address the issue of implementing federal systems through case studies and their comparison.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anna Gamper, Professor at the Department of Public Law, State and Administrative Theory at the Faculty of Law, University of Innsbruck.
  • Prof. Dr. Francesco Palermo, Head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen and Professor of Comparative Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Verona.
  • Univ.-Prof. DDr. Günther Pallaver, Professor at the School of Political Science and Sociology, University of Innsbruck.
 

LECTURERS

  • Dott.ssa Elisabeth Alber - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen,Italy
  • Dr. Mariachiara Alberton - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen,Italy
  • Prof. Dr. Balveer Arora - Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Belser - University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Broschek - Wilfried Laurier University, Canada
  • Prof. Dr. Reiner Eichenberger - University of Fribourg,Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder - University of Bonn,Germany
  • Dr. Sören Keil - Canterbury Christ Church University, UnitedKingdom
  • Dr. Karl Kössler - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
  • Prof. Christina Murray - Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law,United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Francesco Palermo - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozenand University of Verona, Italy
  • Dr. Martina Trettel - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
  • Dr. Alice Valdesalici - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
  • Prof. Dr. Jaap de Visser - University of the Western Cape,South Africa
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Woelk - Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italyand University of Trento, Italy
 

The Winter School will examine a series of issues:

  • What are basic requirements of a federation?
  • What are the factors for the success or failure of federal systems?
  • What does constitution-making look like in emerging federations?
  • What are the political, economic and legal drivers of federalism?
  • How do federal systems accommodate or facilitate asymmetries and diversity?
  • Is the European Union a federation in the making?
  • What impact does federalism have on fiscal relations, social welfare and policy fields such as land use and the environment?
  • What lessons can be learned from comparative practice?

The Winter School 2018 examines these and other questions by combining theoretical expertise and relevant case studies. As such, the programme is a unique opportunity for young academics, postgraduate students and practitioners to receive enhanced training on the theoretical and practical aspects of federalism.

Organizer

The Winter School on Federalism and Governance is a cross-border project of the Eurac Research Institute for Comparative Federalism, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), the Faculty of Law and the School of Political Science and Sociology of the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Since its first edition 2010 it has taken place under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Information & contacts

Eurac Research
Institute for Comparative Federalism
Viale Druso/Drususallee 1 - I-39100 Bolzano/Bozen
T +39 0471 055 239 -
F +39 0471 055 299
email: winterschool@eurac.edu


MMag. Greta Klotz
Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research
Email: greta.klotz@eurac.edu

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