Federalism

Workshop on Autonomy Arrangements and Internal Territorial Conflicts

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Time: 14 Nov 2003 - 15 Nov 2003
Place: Voksenåsen, Oslo

Could various forms of autonomy arrangements (including federalism) provide a viable institutional framework for resolving internal territorial conflicts?
 

Chairs: Stein Tønnesson, Director, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo and Niels Butenschøn, Director, Norwegian Human Rights Centre

Could various forms of autonomy arrangements (including federalism) provide a viable institutional framework for resolving internal territorial conflicts?
 

Chairs: Stein Tønnesson, Director, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo and Niels Butenschøn, Director, Norwegian Human Rights Centre 

 

Friday 14 November

 

08.45: 

Registration outside Einar Gerhardsen meeting room.

09.00:          

Conditions and incentives for viable autonomy arrangements and protection of minority rights  

Introduction by Brendan O’Leary (Professor, University of Pennsylvania)

Comments: Asbjørn Eide (Senior Fellow, Norwegian Human Rigths Centre) 

Discussion

10.30:  

Coffee break

10.50:  

The question of autonomy: A facilitator’s experience.

Intervention by Erik Solheim (Ambassador, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

11.15:  

Managing Managing conflicts through the establishment of regional  utonomy or federalism: An overview

Introduction by Bob Rae (President, Forum of Federations) and Yash Ghai (Professor, Hong Kong University)

Comments: Kaare Strøm (Professor, University of California)

Discussion

13.15:  

Lunch in hotel restaurant

15.00:  

Federal and confederal cases: some examples of territorial conflict management.

Introductions followed by questions and comments

The experience of the Venice Commission by Thomas Markert (Deputy Secretary, Venice Commission)

Switzerland:        Giorgio Malinverni (Professor, University of Geneva)

Belgium:               Jean-Claude Scholsem (Professor, University of Liège)

Russia:                  Pavel Baev (Senior Researcher, PRIO)

Comments:          Simon Hug (Professor, University of St Gallen) 

Discussion

17.30:  

Close of first day

19.00:  

Aperitif in hotel lounge

19.30:  

Dinner in hotel restaurant

 

Saturday 15 November

09.30:  

Federalism and the prospects for peace.

Introductions followed by questions and comments

Introduction by Nicholas Haysom (Professor, former presidential legal adviser)

Bosnia:       Kaarlo Tuori (Professor, University of Helsinki)

Sri Lanka:  Mario Gomez (Program Associate, Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, Colombo)

Cyprus:       Dan Smith (Senior Advisor, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo) 

Comments: Erik Solheim (Ambassador, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 

Discussion

12.00:  

Concluding remarks by Jan Helgesen (legal adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

12.30:  

Close of conference

12.30:  

Lunch in hotel restaurant