Institutional Partners

Eurac Research (Italy)
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The Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research is an internationally renowned center of expertise in comparative and applied research on federal, regional, and local governmental trends. It investigates and compares legal and institutional tools and decision-making processes for coping with ever more complex governance and an increasingly pluralist society in multi-level systems. Embedded in the autonomous context of South Tyrol within Italy and influenced by the nearby federal systems of Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the Institute aims to animate the study of federalism and autonomy with innovative, and multidisciplinary debates.

Since its early days, the Institute has analyzed Italy’s asymmetrical regionalism and South Tyrol’s well-established autonomy arrangements, and it has increasingly addressed and compared current constitutional and political developments regarding the autonomy of subnational and local entities worldwide. The Institute provides a focal point for research in instruments and models of institutional innovation and participatory democracy. These research foci are complemented by the examination of specific policy fields in multi-level systems; notably, the researchers undertake and promote research in policy areas such as fiscal federalism and environmental policy.

The Institute aims to combine cutting-edge research with practice-oriented consultancy activities and well-established training programs.

University of Lapland (Finland)

The University of Lapland is the northernmost university in the European Union. Founded in 1979, it has four faculties and one research institute, and offers an academic experience in arts and sciences at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. Education and research are conducted at the faculties of education, law, art and design, social sciences, and at the Arctic Centre. As a research-based higher education institution, it offers the opportunity to pursue academic excellence at all levels – all the way to PhD studies.

The Arctic Centre, located in the Arktikum House, is a national and international hub of information and centre of excellence that conducts multidisciplinary research in issues related to the Arctic region. The research focuses on five main themes. In each field of study, a multidisciplinary team of researchers works under a research professor. The research groups are:

Global Change Research Group, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Northern Political Economy Research Group, Arctic Anthropology and Arctic Governance.

Education is part of all the activities of the centre. The Arctic Centre offers a one-year Arctic Studies Programme that serves as an introduction to issues that are relevant in the Circumpolar North. Our Arctic university creates new knowledge, skills, and expertise for the North and for the world

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) is a public university made up of 24 research Departments that welcome annually 12.000 undergraduate students, 2000 master’s students and 1.200 PhDs. URV has developed a successful model of balanced research and training dedication, which has placed it among the first five Spanish universities in terms of research outputs according to several domestic classification, and derived in its international recognition in several rankings. URV was awarded the HR Excellence in Research. URV has strong links with other knowledge generating agents of the South of Catalonia.

The Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies (CEDAT) is a research centre at URV focused on environmental law covering a variety of legal, interdisciplinary and cutting-edge topics (Biodiversity Law, Climate Change Law and Justice, Earth System Law, Energy Law and Justice, Environmental Constitutionalism, Environmental Crime, Environmental Migration Law, Law and the Anthropocene, International and EU Environmental Law, Pollution Law, Rights of Nature, Waste Law, Water Law).

Ghent University (Belgium)

Ghent University is an open, pluralistic and socially engaged university. Ugent is more than 200 years old and offers more than 200 degree programs and conducts research in numerous scientific disciplines.  The department of European, Public and International Law is part of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. It aims to strengthen cooperation between the various disciplines in the field of education, research and services.

The department contains various reserach groups and institutes, such as the Centre for Environment and Energy Law, the Maritime Institute and the International Law Institute (GRILI). The department has a strong focus on sustainable development, environmental and biodiversity law. It covers different layers of law (international, European and national/regional), as well as the various sectors of environmental law (climate, biodiversity, pollution, etc.).  Through its research and the organization of workshops, conferences, and symposia the department aims to promote qualitative and innovative contributions to the legal debate.

Eurac Research
Institute for Comparative Federalism
Viale Druso/Drususallee 1
39100 Bolzano/Bozen

Project coordination
Federica Cittadino

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