Winter School on Cross-Border Cooperation

The second edition of the Winter School on Federalism and Governance will take place from 31 January until 11 February 2011 in Austria and Italy (sessions: 31 January – 4 February – Innsbruck; 7 – 11 February 2011 – Bolzano) and will focuse on the topic of Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC). The Winter School was honoured by the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland.

Topics of the Winter School
The development of cross-border institutions, policies and instruments between neighbouring regions is a recent phenomenon of increasing importance. How to manage cross-border issues from a legal point of view? How to develop a transnational, cross-border civil service? How to create a common legal framework and cluster economies? The Winter School addresses these and other issues both from a theoretical and practical perspective.

The Winter School welcomes an international audience:
· young researchers and academics
· post-graduate or undergraduate students with basic knowledge on federalism, multi-level governance, constitutional issues and CBC
· civil servants from a local, regional or national government
· employees of international organizations or NGOs, dealing with CBC .

Exciting academic 10-day programme on both sides of the Alps that offers:
· lectures by distinguished academics from different European countries;
· discussions, roundtables and case studies with experts from various administrations at local, regional, international and supranational level;
· institutional study visits, debates and public lectures with politicians and civil servants.

Successful participants of the programme are awarded 10 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). The working language is English.

The first week (31 January – 4 February) takes place at the Faculty of Law and School of Political Science and Sociology, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria; the second week (7 – 11 February 2011)
at the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, European Academy Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), Italy.

Accomodation for all participants of the Winter School will be booked in good standard guesthouses (in Innsbruck) and in modern students’ halls of residence (in Bolzano/Bozen) both quietly and centrally located. Both single and twin room accommodation are available on a first-come-first-serve basis upon enrolment.

Costs and Scholarships
The participation fee for the Winter School, to be paid upon enrolment in November 2010, is:
Option 1: € 600 – includes 13 nights-accommodation in a single room with breakfast.
Option 2: € 450 – includes 13 nights-accommodation in a twin room with breakfast.

The participation fee covers: accommodation as specified above, tuition fee, materials, guided tours, bus transfer from Innsbruck to Bolzano on Saturday, 5 February 2011, welcome coffee and farewell party, access to the library and internet access on both venue sites (EURAC Bolzano/Bozen and Faculty of Political Science, University of Innsbruck).

Depending on external funds, scholarships covering accommodation costs and/or travel reimbursement will be awarded. Holders of such scholarships are requested to pay the participation fee of €100 upon enrolment. Everyone is welcome to apply for scholarship. However, scholarships are limited as they depend on external funding.

Application process
Application runs through an online form. You will be requested to submit your:
- personal data
- academic and professional education
- work experience (if applicable)
- motivation
- abstract of 500 words on one of the below topics which will be further discussed and analyzed in small working groups on policy studies during the Winter School.

The topics for the essays and group works are:

Please choose the study-group you would like to participate in the Winter School and write an abstract of max. 500 words answering one of the question related to your favourite topic.

The application deadline is 31 October 2010.

Read more about application process and apply here.