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Workshop on “The Distribution of Authority – German and Russian Federalism in Comparison”

Date: April 07, 2017

In all federations, a common feature has been the existence at one and the same time of powerful motives to be united for certain purposes and of deep-rooted motives for autonomous regional governments for other purposes. This has expressed itself in the design of federations by the distribution of powers between those assigned to the federal government for the purposes shared in common and those assigned to the regional units of government for the purposes related to the expression of regional identity.

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Conference on “Federalism and Secession”

Date(s): May 25, 2017 – May 26, 2017

In cooperation with the University of Oxford, The Elcano Institute, Madrid and the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change the Forum plans to implement a research project on the nexus between federalism and secession. This project will look at advanced democracies but, if successful, in a second stage could also include emerging federations. As a first activity, it is envisaged to conduct an international conference at Oxford University on “Responses to secessionism in advanced democracies. Accommodation instruments and the politics of federal reforms” on May 25-26, 2017. The lead expert on this project is Prof. Cesar Colino, Long Distance University Madrid, who is currently on a fellowship at St. Anthony’s College in Oxford.

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