Workshop on Public Security in Federal Systems

Experts come together in Ottawa at the Forum’s HQ to develop a program on “Public Security in Federal Systems”.

The Forum of Federations is undertaking to develop and implement a program on "Public Security in Federal Systems” in cooperation with the Giminez Abad Foundation, Spain. On the basis of an analysis of the basic public security challenges of several federations and the federal / intergovernmental context of the public security domain, the program seeks to draw comparative conclusions on innovative modes of intergovernmental and interdepartmental cooperation.

The program brings together public security experts as well as practitioners and federalism scholars and covers the following case studies: Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland; and United States. Lead expert of the program is Christian Leuprecht, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada.

One the one hand, this program has descriptive dimensions, simply trying to understand how the system works and why it works the way it does. But it also has an analytic component to try to understand what works and what might work better; and it seeks to gauge to what extent successes and problems are the function of federalism, and may be improved by making federalism work better, and to what extent they are largely driven by factors beyond the purview of the federal system.

Above are experts that have come together at the Forum’s HQ

The purpose of the workshop in Ottawa was to flesh out the scope of the program and discuss preliminary findings of international as well as Canadian security experts. Presentations were given by

• Edgar Mohar, former Secretary of Citizen Security and Safety for the State of Queretaro, Mexico
• Dr. Nico Steytler, Community Law Centre, South Africa
• Dr. Richard Kilroy jr, National Defense University, the United States
• Mario Koelling, Gimenez Abad Foundation, and Centre of Political and Constitutional Studies, Spain.

Workshop Program

An international conference in Saragossa/Spain is scheduled for November 6-7, 2012.

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