Winter School 2021:
Federalism & Local Self-Government
1 - 12 February 2021 ONLINE EDITION

The Winter School on Federalism and Governance is a common cross-border project of the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Innsbruck. Since its first edition in 2010, it has taken place under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

The Winter School analyzes the phenomena of federalism, regionalism and multilevel governance from legal and political science perspectives. Each edition focuses on a specific topic, which is then approached in detail by legal scholars, political scientists and practitioners. The next edition of the Winter School will take place from 1-12 February 2021 and will focus on the topic of “Federalism and Local Self-Government“.  It is organized in close cooperation with the European Union’s H2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project “LoGov – Local Government and the Changing Urban-Rural Interplay”.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Winter School 2021 will be organized as an online programme (see further information below).

The postgraduate programme welcomes an international audience: young researchers and academics, post-docs and post-graduate students, civil servants from a local, regional or national government as well as employees of international organizations or NGOs.

2021 edition

1 – 12 February 2021

We move online!
Due to the global COVID-19 situation, the Winter School on Federalism and Governance 2021 edition will be organized as an online programme. The online edition of the Winter School 2021 will still include the essential contents of the envisaged programme and take place from 1 to 12 February 2021. In order to guarantee an international participation of people from different countries and time zones, a daily programme between two and three hours will be provided. This daily programme is expected to take place in the early afternoon of the Central European Time Zone.



The Institute for Comparative Federalism carries out comparative legal studies and applied research on governance trends in federal, regional and supranational systems in Europe and throughout the world. It is part of Eurac Research, an innovative centre for research and training based in South Tyrol, Italy. Founded in 1992 as a private institution, Eurac Research is composed of 11 research institutes and three centers.

University of Innsbruck

The Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria, was founded in 1669 and has a long and internationally renowned tradition of studies on federalism. It serves as the main academic centre of Western Austria and its neighboring regions. Its 16 faculties, among them the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, offer a wide range of studies. The University is situated in the heart of the Land Tyrol, one of the 9 Länder that constitute the Austrian federal state.


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Under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Marija Pejčinović Burić