In order to apply for the Winter School on Federalism and Governance, candidates have to submit a completed application form (PDF format, available below) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read the following information carefully.
In the application form you will be asked to submit:
- personal data
- relevant academic and professional education
- work experience (if applicable)
- a statement of motivation (max. 250 words)
- a short academic essay (max. 500 words) on one of the two questions related to the topics listed below
Details regarding the essay are explained below. Please note that without the essay the application cannot be considered!
Applications for the 2019 edition have closed on 21 October 2018.
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Detailed information regarding the academic essay for the application
As part of your application we ask you to write a short essay of max. 500 words answering ONE of the questions below. For half a day during the Winter School, workshops will be held on four topics that are selected by the scientific committee. Among others, past editions have dealt with: Social Welfare and Integration, Fiscal Relations, Local Government, Environment, Education, Political Parties, Asymmetries
The workshop topics of the Winter School 2019 are:
A) Financial Relations
C) Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Minorities
D) Secession Referendums
Please answer ONE of the following questions in the academic essay for the application:
Group A – Financial Relations
- Are there any legal and/or political instruments of conflict prevention and resolution in intergovernmental financial relations? Please focus on a case study with which you are familiar and provide examples.
- Is there a gap between the Black Letter Law of a financial constitution and the functioning of a federal system? What role do the Courts play in this respect? Please focus on a case study with which you are familiar and provide examples.
Group B – Environment
- Do any forms of public involvement contribute to the formulation of environmental policy and legislation at different territorial levels? Please provide some national cases as examples
- Is public participation in decision-making perceived as a potential conflict or as a cooperative mechanism? Please provide some national cases as examples.
Group C – Ethnic, Linguistic and Religious Minorities
- What are the advantages and shortcomings of territorial autonomy as an instrument for accommodation of ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity? Please focus on one or two case studies with which you are familiar.
- How are federal systems managing religious diversity? How does the interplay between state and sub-state legal norms and policies impact on religious minorities? Please focus on one or two case studies with which you are familiar.
Group D – Secession Referendums: Between Politics and (the Rule of) Law
- Is it justifiable for constitutional texts or constitutional courts to introduce legal norms on how to initiate and carry out a secession referendum? What are the arguments in favor and against such a legalization of the process towards secession?
- To what extent do legal norms on how to initiate and carry out a secession referendum impact on its outcome? Please refer to one or more cases of votes on independence.
Applications which are successfully submitted and valid will receive a confirmation via e-mail within 5 working days after submission.
Due to the volume of applications, only short-listed applicants will be contacted by 5 December 2018. The enrollment procedure (including payment of the tuition fee) has to be completed within 7 working days after notification of the invitation to participate.
Any further questions may be directed to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org or +39-0471-055239.