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3rd Summer Academy of the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano
"Regions and Minorities in a Greater Europe"
Case law oriented
from 10-21 September 2001 in Brixen/Bressanone
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 26 May 2001
AIM AND CONTENTS:
The Summer Academy 2001 is an intensive interdisciplinary course which is
designed to acquaint its participants from East and West with the main
aspects related to the issues of Minority Protection and Regional
cross-border cooperation with an orientation to Eastern Enlargement.
Each of these topics stands for a political development which might change
the face of Europe as we perceived it up to now. The trend towards
regionalisation and trans-national cooperation and the growing public
perception of the minority-conflict's destructive potential relate in many
and diverse contexts to the main project of the European Union - its
Eastern enlargement. The main objective of this Summer Academy is to
elaborate these different interdependencies.
Resolving minority problems and enforcing regional cross-border
co-operation are considered absolutely necessary for the Enlargement
process of the European Union. This applies not only for the already
existing candidate countries, likely to become members of the European
Union within the foreseeable future, but also for the countries of the
Balkan region, that after the terrible conflicts and wars of the last
years, aspire now stabilisation and association with the EU. The economic
reconstruction and the rebuilding of a civil society are both necessary
preconditions for facing these challenges.
At the point of intersection of two cultural areas, the South Tyrolean case
is often seen as a model for peaceful resolution of ethnic tensions. This
case will be examined and compared with other realities, in an attempt to
answer the question of whether it can provide some guidelines for resolving
the eminent minority problems in CEEC.
The Summer Academy is mainly based on case law and case studies which,
judging by the experience of previous Summer Academies, is the most
appropriate approach to impart a clear picture of complex situations.
An international lecturer staff will convey background knowledge that
serves as the essential basis for intensive study in small groups, where
special topics according to the interests of the participants can be
analysed in greater detail before being presented to and discussed in the
Additionally, workshops and panels examining specific case studies as well
as discussion forums will be organised. Pre-selected keynote-speakers will
have the opportunity to present their own research and discuss it with the
other participants and the lecturers.
A visit to a session of the provincial parliament is planned. Afterwards
the participants will be able to discuss South Tyrolean traditions and
culture with regional politicians and experts.
An important feature of the Summer Academy is the opportunity they afford
to make contact and exchange ideas in an international arena. A number of
social events are arranged for Summer Academy participants to facilitate
this. These will include trips to cultural and historical sites in South
Tyrol and its surroundings.
The Summer Academy is open to advanced and post-graduate students and
practitioners of all nationalities with mainly juridical but also economic,
political or sociological background.
The participation could be of particular interest for
Public servants of local and national governments
Representatives of minorities
PhD Candidates and advanced University Students
Applicants will need to demonstrate competence at the appropriate academic
level or relevant professional practice in the fields to be dealt with
during the course. Further, they are expected to be proficient in the use
of the English Language. The number of participants is limited to 40.
To be admitted, applicants are required to send by 26th of May 2001:
the completed application form and a detailed CV in tabular form
a statement of purpose
relevant documents which demonstrate your success in your university
studies (required only for students)
an essay (in English) of not more than 2.500 words on one of the
following topics to be further studied in the different working groups.
The process of enlargement: throw light on chances and risks for EU's
regions and minorities
Compare and comment on the minority related instruments of CoE, EU
Give evidence of chances and limits of cross-border cooperation on
the basis of concrete case studies
Prospects for multicultural co-existence in the Balkan region
you find the application
form and further details.
European Academy Bozen/Bolzano
via Weggensteinstr. 12/a