Building Federalism: International Lessons and Perspectives

Monday June 26th, 2017 6pm (to be followed by a reception)
Home for Cooperation, Buffer zone, Nicosia, Cyprus

18:00- 18:15

Welcome Remarks:
Hubert Faustmann (Director of the Cyprus Office, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Professor
for History and Political Science, University of Nicosia)
Elizabeth Spehar (Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus,

Keynote address: Building Federalism: International Lessons and Perspectives
Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations, Ottawa)
Chair: Nicos Trimikliniotis (Associate Professor in Law and Sociology at the
University of Nicosia)
19:00-19:15 Coffee Break
19:15- 20:15

Roundtable: A Reunited Cyprus? In Search of a Federal Culture
Maria Hadjipavlou (University of Cyprus), Yucel Vural (Eastern Mediterranean University),
Nicos Trimikliniotis (University of Nicosia), John McGarry (Queen’s University, Kingston)
& Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent)
Chair: Hubert Faustmann (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung)
20:15-21:00 Reception

Keynote Speaker’s Bio:

Rupak Chattopadhyay [President and CEO, Forum of Federations,
Ottawa] holds master’s degrees in economics and political science from the
University of Ottawa and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and did his
doctoral work in political science at the University of Toronto. He was previously a
member of the Consultative Group on the Study of Intergovernmental Relations and
Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Inter-State Council, Government of India. In 2004/5
he was Advisor to the Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation. Over the last
decade he has contributed as an expert in support of political and constitutional
reforms in Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Yemen. His
edited/co-edited collections include, “Unity in Diversity: Learning from Each Other”
(Viva Books 2008), “Dialogues on Diversity and Unity in Federal Countries” (MQUP
2009), “Finance and Governance of Capital Cities in Federal System”, (MQUP 2009)
and ‘Governance and Finance of Metropolitan Area in Federal Countries” (OUP


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