ECMI co-organizes Expert Meeting "Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy. Minorities and Territory

Territorial solutions for minority protection still remain a tricky and underexplored area of research and public politics. Also non-territorial arrangements after having been neglected for decades are glacially moving towards the forefront of minority-related academic and political debates. The expert meeting held in the European Academy in Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC) on 16-17 November 2011, was supposed to address major points of these interrelated thematic areas and to identify optimal directions for further research and deliberations.The expert meeting was co-organized by EURAC's Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism and the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) and hosted by EURAC.  The working agenda was divided into two equal parts between territorial and non-territorial arrangements. 14 scholars from 9 countries of Europe and North America, most of whom are internationally renowned experts in the area of autonomy studies, with backgrounds in law and political theory, made presentations on a range of issues and contributed to intensive discussions. Amongst the issues addressed and debated were definitions of territorial and non-territorial autonomy, the limits of territorial logic in minority protection, institutional symmetries and asymmetries in autonomous arrangements, the notion of autonomy in international law, legal guarantees of autonomy, external relations of autonomous entities, minority issues in European regional development, the linkage between territory and ethnicity in discourses, politics and institutions, the meanings of territoriality in autonomous arrangements and other topics. At the workshop, ECMI was represented by Tove Malloy, Alexander Osipov and Ugo Caruso.The expert workshop is regarded by its organizers as an inception of a long-term scholarly cooperative network-based activity. The next step will be publication of the academic volume on the basis of the workshop proceedings.

Place and Date: Bolzano/Bozen, 16-17 November 2011
For further information, please contact: Alexander Osipov, osipov[@]ecmi.de / For further information on the ECMI Justice and Governance cluster see:
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