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International Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2012: “Federalism and Minority Protection”. Date: 06-17.02.2012. Site: Innsbruck Austria and Bolzano/Bozen, Italy. Deadline: 31.10.2011


Organiser: Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism (EURAC) Bolzano/Bozen, Italy; the Faculty of Law and the School of Political Science and Sociology of the University of Innsbruck, Austria

Topics: The Winter School provides in-depth analyses and practical knowledge regarding the problems, solutions and  instruments  that  are  and  can  be  used  in  creating  territorial  solutions  for  minority-based problems. 

Several case-studies involve key actors who manage territorial issues on a daily basis, both in local, regional and national administrations.  These  actors  have  also  worked  at  the  international  (Council  of  Europe)  and  supranational  (EU) level, providing a multidisciplinary perspective. Special attention will be devoted to the Autonomy of South Tyrol.
Among others, the following issues will be addressed during the training: What are the international standards with regard to the territorial organization of countries? How can territorial settings respond to minority claims? What are the  main  theoretical  and  practical  problems  of  accommodating  minorities  through  self-government?  How  to manage  multi-ethnic  territories  by  legal  and political  means?  How  can  interests  of  „old‟  and  „new‟  minorities  be accommodated in an ever more complex and intertwined world?

The Winter School enables academics, post-docs and practitioners to extend their knowledge in multilevel government and governance, especially from a legal and political  science  perspective.  Federalism,  regionalism,  autonomy  and  devolution  often  serve  to  guarantee  self-government to minority populations. Several recent federalizing processes are in fact ethnically driven. The link between  federalism  and  minority  rights,  however,  is  not  sufficiently  explored  with  regard  to  its  most  complex governing dimensions. The Winter School provides answers to a series of issues by combining high-level expertise and problem-oriented approaches.

Language: English  Fee: 700 € (13 nights-accommodation in a single room with breakfast); 500 € (13 nights-accommodation in a twin room with breakfast)
Deadline: October 31, 2011

Contact:  Paulina  Magdalena  Borowska,  Institute  for  Studies  on  Federalism  and  Regionalism,  EURAC research, Viale Druso/Drususallee 1, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Tel.: +39(0)471 055 202  Fax: +39(0)471 055 299
E-mail: winterschool@eurac.edu
Internet: www.eurac.edu/winterschool