SELF-DETERMINATION IN A CONTEXT OF SHARED SOVEREIGNTY: HOW TO DEVISE A EUROPEAN APPROACH?

Brussels, Belgium

18-19 September 2019

One of the paradoxes of self-determination processes is that nationalist movements and central governments share a 19th century vision of nationalism andstatehood in which sovereignty is 'unitary' rather than shared. When put in simple terms, a unitary sovereign logic prevails and this is precisely what puts them on a collision course. However, in an age when the functions of the state are arguably waning or are being profoundly transformed by authority 're-scaling' in the European Union (EU), it is urgent to discuss and further clarify 'how' the EU could offer the most appropriate template for meeting the aspirations of stateless nations. Over the years, the EU has played an important transformative role in the relationship between regions and central states. However, this role could be improved. The purpose of this international conference is to promote the debate around 4 major challenges posed to stateless nations in order to devise a European approach to selfdetermination demands in a context of shared sovereignty. By engaging academics and practitioners in a multi-disciplinary dialogue, this international conference aims to advance aparadigmatic change and to develop innovative concepts that may inform the way in which such demands can be managed within the EU. The conference will be divided into 4 panels with distinctive, though complementary goals. The overarching aim of this conference is to build upon existing paradigms, in a bold and creative fashion, and to offer concrete, workable proposals that may inform the resolution of the current predicament.

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Program
18 September 2019 
10:30-10:45 Welcome words
10:45-11:30 Keynote address

By Montserrat Guibernau, University of Cambridge

11:30-13:00
Panel I [practitioners]: 
The "State of the Union" After the European Elections: What's Next for Stateless Nations?

Speakers:

  • Elisenda Paluzie, Assemblea Nacional Catalana
  • Amalur Alvarez, Gure Esku Dago
  • Jordi SolĂ©, Esquerra Republicana, former Member of the European Parliament (Greens/European Free Alliance)
  • Hilde Roosens, Vlaamse Volksbeweging

Moderation: Alan Sandry, Coppieters Foundation

14:00-15:30 
Panel II [experts]: 
The "State of the Union" After the European Elections: What's Next for Stateless Nations?

Speakers:

  • Daniel CetrĂ , University of Aberdeen
  • John Loughlin, University of Cambridge
  • Marc Sanjaume, Pompeu Fabra University

Moderation: Sandrina Antunes, University of Minho

15:30-17:00
Panel III: 
Self-Determination, Internal Enlargement and European International Mediation: Truth or Wishful Thinking?

Speakers:

  • Nicolas Levrat, University of Geneva
  • Simon Toubeau, University of Nottingham
  • Huw Evans, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Sandrina Antunes, University of Minho

Moderation: Alan Sandry, Coppieters Foundation

19 September 2019
10:30-12:00
Panel IV: Self-Determination, Shared Sovereignty and the European Union Architecture: A Different Europe for "A Better Fit"?

Speakers:

  • Klaus-Jurgen Nagel, Pompeu Fabra University
  • Ander Errasti Lopez, Basque Institute of Democratic Governance
  • Cormac Mac Ahmlaigh, University of Edinburgh

Moderation: Brendan Donnelly, Federal Trust

Practicalities

When: 18 and 19 September 2019
Where: Brussels, Rue de la Loi 227




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