The Summer University of the Institute of Federalism is an annual three week course on the topic of "Federalism, Decentralisation and Diversity".
The Summer University is organised around three major modules. The first week addresses in a theoretical approach the major challenges that federalism and decentralisation face in multicultural societies. The second week addresses various institutional aspects of nation-state and supranational forms of federalism, including the European Union. The third week focuses on some of the major issues discussed in the first or second week. While in the first two weeks the work runs through interactive classes and workshops, in the third week the professors guide students' work in groups on given cases and the results are discussed in plenum.
In 2004 over 51 participants from 35 countries attended the Summer University, including Ph.D. students, civil servants, constitutional advisors and a member of parliament. The members of the Summer University's faculty are internationally known scholars of law, political science, sociology and economy with expertise in the issues of post-modern challenges to nation-state and democracy, federalism, decentralisation and multiculturalism.
The seventeenth session, with the theme of "Federalism, Constitutionalism and Conflict Transformation in Multicultural Societies", will be held from 29 August to 16 September 2005.