Winter School 2021:
Federalism & Local Self-Government
1 - 12 February 2021 The upcoming Winter School will take place for one week in Innsbruck (Austria) and one week in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy).

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”.

The two-week 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

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The upcoming Winter School will focus on “Federalism and Local Self-Government” and will take place from 1 – 12 February 2021, for one week in Innsbruck (Austria) and one week in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is difficult at this stage to plan major events in advance. The organizers hope that the Winter School 2021 can take place as usual. However, they reserve the right to make any changes to the programme. For further information, please look at our application section.



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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