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

Can we predict the success of a president? – Thoughts of a young Swiss scholar
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Can we predict the success of a president? – Thoughts of a young Swiss scholar

For the PDF-Version of this entry click here. by Fabrizio E. Crameri, MLaw research assistant of Prof. Eva Maria Belser, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.   The content of this blog entry does not reflect the official opinion of the University of Fribourg. Responsibility for the information and views therein lies entirely with the author. Most … Continue reading

“Was ist Heimat?” – Swiss voters to decide on less onerous rules for naturalisation of third generation immigrants
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“Was ist Heimat?” – Swiss voters to decide on less onerous rules for naturalisation of third generation immigrants

by Dr. Rekha Oleschak is senior research fellow at the Institute of Federalism, Switzerland. For people from countries like Canada and USA which apply the rules of ius soli (citizenship by place of birth) naturalisation of third generation immigrants might sound like something unbelievable. Yet, countries where citizenship is based on ius sanguini rules (citizenship by […]

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Compulsory Swimming Lessons in School: At the heart of conflicts between secularism and religious beliefs
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Compulsory Swimming Lessons in School: At the heart of conflicts between secularism and religious beliefs

by Dr. Rekha Oleschak is senior research fellow at the Institute of Federalism, Switzerland. Last week the European Court of Human Rights (ECrtHR) published a decision on the case of Osmanoǧlu and Kocabaş v. Switzerland (application no. 29086/12), concerning two young school children, whose parents found that compulsory swimming lessons in gender-mixed classes constituted an infringement … Continue reading

What the present can teach about Brexit? No: What history can tell about Brentry!
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What the present can teach about Brexit? No: What history can tell about Brentry!

  by Fabrizio E. Crameri, MLaw research assistant of Prof. Eva Maria Belser, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The content of this blog entry does not reflect the official opinion of the University of Fribourg. Responsibility for the information and views therein lies entirely with the author. Most of the information found in this blog entry … Continue reading

The Italian Constitutional Challenge: An Overview of the Upcoming Referendum
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The Italian Constitutional Challenge: An Overview of the Upcoming Referendum

The 4th of December 2016 could be another test for the EU! Although the upcoming constitutional referendum in Italy is not about the EU, the stark public opinion for or against the proposed constitutional changes could end up being the beginning of a series of anti-EU protests. The blog post by Lorenzo Violini and Antonio … Continue reading