WINTER SCHOOL ON FEDERALISM AND GOVERNANCE
2012: FEDERALISM AND MINORITY PROTECTION
The third edition of the Winter School on Federalism and Governance takes place from 6-17 February 2012 and focuses on Federalism and Minority Protection. The Winter School was honoured by the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland.
WHAT IS THE WINTER SCHOOL ABOUT?
The Winter School is a postgraduate programme offering a broad range of courses on federalism and governance. It enables academics, post-docs and practitioners to extend their knowledge in multilevel government and governance, especially from a legal and political science perspective.
The 2012 edition of the Winter School focuses on the topic of "Federalism and Minority Protection”.
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.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The Winter School is open to all nationalities and is designed for applicants who wish to develop and upgrade their knowledge by applying an interdisciplinary and comparative approach:
- young researchers and academics
- post-docs, post-graduates and undergraduate students
- civil servants from a local, regional or national government
- employees of international organizations or NGOs
Please note that the programme builds on assumed knowledge in the area of "Federalism and Minority Protection”.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN INNSBRUCK AND BOLZANO/BOZEN?
This 10-day programme offers all participants an international, albeit challenging, learning environment. It is carried out one week in Austria (Innsbruck) and one week in Italy (Bolzano/Bozen, South Tyrol) and includes:
- lectures by distinguished academics from Europe, North America and Asia;
- roundtable discussions and case studies with experts from various administrations (i.e. local, regional, international and supranational levels);
- institutional study visits and public lectures in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen with high ranking politicians and civil servants.
Successful participants of the programme are awarded 10 ECTS credits. The working language is English.
The PUBLIC LECTURE in Innsbruck on 9 February 2012 will focus on Federalism and Minority Protection in selected countries in Asia.