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Winter School On Federalism And Governance in Austria & Italy

Deadline: 26 October, 2012
Open  to: young researchers and academics, post-graduate or  undergraduate students, civil servants from a local, regional or national  government as well as employees of international organizations or  NGOs.
: 4-8 February 2013 in Innsbruck, Austria,  11-15 February 2013 in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy


The Winter School on Federalism and Governance is a transnational  project of the EURAC-Institute for Studies on Federalism  and Regionalism, Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), the Faculty of Law and the School of  Political Science and Sociology of the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Since  its first edition 2010 it takes place under the auspices of the Secretary  General of the Council of Europe.

The upcoming edition 2013 focuses on “Federalism and Fundamental  Rights”. Federalism, regionalism, devolution, autonomy and other forms  of territorial division of power are key tools for effective and democratic  governance. They are often used to address fundamental rights issues, mostly in  an effort to better promote and protect them, but also, in some instances, to  limit them. The Winter School 2013 aims at better understanding such link from a  multi-disciplinary academic and practical perspective, providing in-depth  analysis and practical knowledge of the problems, the solutions and the  instruments available in this field.

The first week of the Winter School (4-8 February 2013) takes place at the  Faculty of Law and  at the School of Political Science and Sociology, Leopold-Franzens-Universität  Innsbruck, Austria. The second week (11-15 February 2013) takes place at the  Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, European Academy  Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), Italy.


Among others, the following issues will be addressed during the  training:

  • To what extent is territorially differentiated protection of fundamental  rights possible and even desirable?
  • What fundamental rights are best suited to be developed differently in  different parts of a state’s territory?
  • What lessons can be learned from comparative practice?
  • How can territorial settings improve the protection of fundamental  rights? What do the international standards and practice have to say in  this regard?

Please note that on 1 afternoon of the Winter School the group will  be broken up into four small workshops and will discuss different topics with  EURAC-experts:
A) Migrant Integration
B) Linguistic Rights
C) Right to Freedom of Religion
D) Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (Focus  Latin America)


The participation fee for the Winter School should be paid upon enrolment in  November 2012:

  • Option 1: € 700,00 – includes 13 nights-accommodation in a  single room with breakfast.
  • Option 2: € 550,00 – includes 13 nights-accommodation in a twin  room with breakfast.

For participants from Innsbruck or  Bolzano/Bozen (requiring only one week accommodation) the  participation fee is reduced to 50%.

The organizers of the Winter School on  Federalism and Governance will award a limited number  of scholarships. The organizers distinguish between:

  • “full scholarship” covering the accommodation costs plus breakfast for 13  nights in Innsbruck and Bolzano/Bozen (twin room) and a contribution towards the  participants’ travel expenses (refund after the Winter School).
  • “partial scholarship” covering only the accommodation costs in Innsbruck and  Bolzano/Bozen (13 nights with breakfast, twin room).

To apply for the scholarship you have to fill in Application form for  the Winter School “Federalism and Governance” 2013 ( question about  scholarship is included in the third part of the form)

Everyone can apply for scholarship, however, scholarships are limited.  Preference will be given to students and to participants from overseas.
The  scholarships will be awarded after all applications have been processed by   November 2012. Holders of these scholarships are requested to pay  a participation fee of € 100 upon enrolment.


A certificate of attendance will be awarded to  participants attending at least 90% of all classes. Additionally, those who pass  the final exam scheduled for the last day of the  Winter School will be awarded 10 ECTS by the  University of Innsbruck. These credits can be transferred to your home  university if you are currently enrolled at another study programme. Please note  that it is to the discretion of your home institution if and how many of these  credits will be accredited to your university degree/CV. Further details  regarding the final exam will be given with enrolment.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit a working  paper after the Winter School (not compulsory!). The best papers  will be considered for publication. Further details will be available during the  Winter School.


Here you can find application  form

In the online application form you will be asked to submit  your:
– personal data
– academic and professional education
– work experience (if applicable)
– motivation (max. 250 words)
– abstract  (max. 500 words) on one of the topics listed below. We suggest  to prepare the abstract before submitting your application form. Details  regarding the abstract are explained below. Please note that  without your abstract your application is not valid!

The topics for the abstract are as follows:
A) “Migrant  Integration”
B) ”Linguistic Rights”
C) ”Right to Freedom of  Religion”
D) “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

You can check details here

Application deadline: 26 October, 2012.

For further information please contact Greta Klotz by phone +39  0471 0552392, email:, or Skype:  euracwinterschool

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