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.
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 5 centers.