Friday, March 28, 2014

Redefining self-determination in the 21st Century: a conference at the European Parliament

Accommodating different nations, ethnic, cultural and religious groups within the same territory is still seen as a democratic challenge for contemporary multicultural states. In an increasingly interdependent world, due to processes of economic globalisation, a great number of multicultural states are experiencing grass-roots demands for recognition. This has taken the expression of an increased number of people mobilising with a view of exercising their right to self-determination, including in Europe, where the minority protection system has been hailed as the most advanced in the world. - See more at: http://www.ideasforeurope.eu/conference/redefinig-self-determination-21st-century/#sthash.QXcI7XB9.dpuf
Accommodating different nations, ethnic, cultural and religious groups within the same territory is still seen as a democratic challenge for contemporary multicultural states. In an increasingly interdependent world, due to processes of economic globalisation, a great number of multicultural states are experiencing grass-roots demands for recognition. This has taken the expression of an increased number of people mobilising with a view of exercising their right to self-determination, including in Europe, where the minority protection system has been hailed as the most advanced in the world. - See more at: http://www.ideasforeurope.eu/conference/redefinig-self-determination-21st-century/#sthash.QXcI7XB9.dpuf
Accommodating different nations, ethnic, cultural and religious groups within the same territory is still seen as a democratic challenge for contemporary multicultural states. In an increasingly interdependent world, due to processes of economic globalisation, a great number of multicultural states are experiencing grass-roots demands for recognition. This has taken the expression of an increased number of people mobilising with a view of exercising their right to self-determination, including in Europe, where the minority protection system has been hailed as the most advanced in the world. - See more at: http://www.ideasforeurope.eu/conference/redefinig-self-determination-21st-century/#sthash.QXcI7XB9.dpuf
Accommodating different nations, ethnic, cultural and religious groups within the same territory is still seen as a democratic challenge for contemporary multicultural states. In an increasingly interdependent world, due to processes of economic globalisation, a great number of multicultural states are experiencing grass-roots demands for recognition. This has taken the expression of an increased number of people mobilising with a view of exercising their right to self-determination, including in Europe, where the minority protection system has been hailed as the most advanced in the world. - See more at: http://www.ideasforeurope.eu/conference/redefinig-self-determination-21st-century/#sthash.QXcI7XB9.dpuOn Tuesday 1 April the European Parliament is hosting an international conference called ‘Redefining Self-Determination in the 21st Century’.


On Tuesday 1 April the European Parliament is hosting an international conference called ‘Redefining Self-Determination in the 21st Century’.
The conference is taking place at the European Parliament within the framework of UNPO’s Self-Determination Programme, and has been organised in cooperation with Ciemen and Centre Maurits Coppieters, and with the academic support of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).
Accommodating different nations, ethnic, cultural and religious groups within the same territory is still seen as a democratic challenge for contemporary multicultural states. In an increasingly interdependent world, due to processes of economic globalisation, a great number of multicultural states are experiencing grass-roots demands for recognition. This has taken the expression of an increased number of people mobilising with a view of exercising their right to self-determination, including in Europe, where the minority protection system has been hailed as the most advanced in the world.
In view of the clear need of providing new models to make the minority dimension work within the framework of multinational states, UNPO will embark on a landmark initiative dedicated specifically to exploring the different dimensions of the concept of self-determination.

This initiative will combine a range of different activities, in which the participants take part not only as passive learners, but are given the opportunity to influence the course of the different events, express their viewpoints and articulate their demands for self-determination. As such, they will learn about the political and theoretical relevance of self-determination in an increasingly interdependent world, gain knowledge of how to facilitate the preservation of their unique cultural, social, economic and political structures, network with other organisations, and join the growing movement fighting for self-determination in the 21st Century.

Topics to be covered include:
Different Ways of Exercising Self-Determination: External vs Internal Dimension
Minority Language Protection in the EU?
The “Separatist Stigma”: Self-determination vs Territorial Integrity
The Case of Scotland
Constitutional Regulation and Internal Community Supervision: The Case of Montenegro

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