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Memorandum of Understanding signed between College of Public Administration and Governance, Philippines and the Institute of Federalism

On 12 February 2018, the Institute of Federalism (IFF), Fribourg signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National College Public Administration and Governance, Diliman, Philippines (NCPAG). The MoU foresees academic cooperation and exchange of knowledge in the area of federalism, decentralisation and local governance between the two institutions. The signatories are Prof. Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, … Continue reading

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Reminder: Call for Applications for the Summer University on Federalism, Decentralisation and Conflict Resolution, 27. August – 12. September 2018

Federalism and decentralisation are crucial mechanisms to share power and limit abuse of power. Since federalism and decentralisation combine shared action for specific purposes (e.g. defence, external relations, economic development) with autonomous action for other purposes (e.g. education, culture, health), such vertical power sharing is seen as being necessary to accommodate the multinational and multi-ethnic … Continue reading

Freiburg Erklärung zur politischen und verfassungsrechtlichen Krise in Katalonien 13. Oktober 2017
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Freiburg Erklärung zur politischen und verfassungsrechtlichen Krise in Katalonien 13. Oktober 2017

Die International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (IACFS) repräsentiert 26 unabhängige Forschungszentren aus 16 Ländern von fünf Kontinenten, die sich der Forschung des Föderalismus widmet, der unter anderem als Mechanismus zum Schutz und zur Förderung von Vielfalt sowie der Beilegung von Konflikten dient; äussert ihre tiefe Besorgnis über die aktuelle politische Situation in Katalonien … Continue reading

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Administrative Versorgungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen Bund und Kantonen

Weshalb wurden in der Mitte des 20. Jahrhunderts in der Schweiz viele Menschen ohne strafrechtliche Verurteilung in Gefängnissen oder Anstalten interniert? Kinder, Jugendliche, Erwachsene, Frauen und Männer, Reiche und Arme – alle traf dasselbe Schicksal: Von staatlichen Behörden als “liederlich”, “arbeitsscheu” oder “verwahrlost” bezeichnet und zur “Nach- oder Umerziehung” in einer Anstalt oder einem Gefängnis … Continue reading

Ignazio Cassis chosen as Switzerland’s new cabinet minister
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Ignazio Cassis chosen as Switzerland’s new cabinet minister

by Fabrizio E. Crameri For the first time in 1 years, the Italian-speaking minority in Switzerland gets back its cabinet minister. He will replace Didier Burkhalter on the multi-party government. The Italian-speaking minority rejoices the reestablishment of constitutionally-guaranteed representation in the executive; and urges not to see this election as a “present” from the majority. The … Continue reading

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Vouches for a Right to Institutional Minority Protection
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) Vouches for a Right to Institutional Minority Protection

by Fabrizio E. Crameri, MLaw research assistant of Prof. Eva Maria Belser, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The top court of the UN in The Hague has rejected, in an interim ruling on 19 April 2017, a bid by Ukraine for provisional/emergency measures to stop Russia from its alleged funnelling of money and arms into Ukraine’s … Continue reading