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The International Conference on Comparative Federalism ICCF 2006

Petrozavodsk State University,The Faculty of Law

Federalism is presently on a top agenda in many countries throughout the world. This form of state structure is relatively new for many states and, in some cases, very unstable. Yet federal structure of a state fits best large multicultural societies, provides for development of democracy, gives an opportunity for greater involvement of citizens in government (for example, on a regional level). So a present challenge for scientists is to elaborate new ways to support the development and strengthening of federalism in the countries where it exists.

The purpose of the given colloquium is to joint efforts of various prominent researchers to address the most important issues of federalism. The conference will give an opportunity to share experience, results of analysis and data in the area of federal studies. Due to the conference list of participants, which includes primarily scientists from Russia, NIS and Europe, the conference will address not only general issues of federalism, but specific problems for these regions of the world, like prospects of European integration, Europe's relations with NIS countries. Other conference topics shall include distribution of taxes between different levels of power, formation of legal system and competent authoritative bodies, international activities of the subjects of the federation, ways and forms of representing regions' interests on the federal level, realization of the principle of subsidiarity, mechanisms of protection of ethnic minorities, etc.

Comparative methodology will be widely used in the participants' presentations. Comparative method in studies of state and government structure provides an opportunity to find common useful elements that fit political and social environment of federal countries and can be implemented in other countries' federal models in order to improve them. Thus the practical value of the conference will also be the elaboration of such elements that could be introduced by prominent scientists to legislators in their own countries.

 

 

Full list of participants:


1. Prof. Suren Avakian, Chairman, Chair of constitutional and municipal law, Faculty of Law, Moscow State University, Russia
2. Prof. Sergey Chernov, Dean, Faculty of Law, Petrozavodsk State University; Director, Karelian Regional Center of Law and Public Policy
3. Prof. Alexander Blankenagel, Chair of Public and Eastern-European Law, Humbolt University, Berlin
4. Prof. Evgeny Koljushin , Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia
5. Dr. Boris Ebzeev - Justice, Constitutional Court of Russia.
6. Prof. Mikhail Chudakov, Chairman, Presidential Academy of State administration, Minsk, Belarus.
7. Prof. Jury Zaichuk, Institute of State and Law, Kiev, Ukraine
8. Prof. Nurlan Alnijazov, R.B. Suleimenov Institute of Law, Almaty, Kazakhstan
9. Bakhtijar Babajanov, Institute of Eastern Culture, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
10. M.Sc. Tatiana Mezina, Faculty of Law, Petrozavodsk State University, Russia
11. Prof. Leena Lehtinen ,Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, Lapland University, Finland
12. Dr. Rafael Hakimov, Director, Federalism Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, Russia
13. Andrey Iljuk, Representative in Ukraine, Central European University, Kiev, Ukraine
14. Prof. Per Berglid, Department of Law, Umea University, Umeo, Sweden
15. Prof. Alexey Avtonomov, Head, Institute of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
16. Prof. Marat Salikov , Director, Institute of Justice, Ural State Law Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia
17. Prof. Valtodas Vilnjuas, Head, Project of constitutional research development, Lithuania
18. Prof. Kaspars Balodis, Dean, Faculty of Law, Latvian University, Riga, Latvia
19. Chief Justice Grigory Vasilevich, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus
20. Prof. Eduard Ponarin, European Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia
21. Prof. Alexander Kokatov, Ural State Law Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia
22. Dr. Venir Sammigulin, Head, Chair of State Law, Law Institute, Bashkir State University, Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia
23. Dr. Grego di Anjela, University of Milan, Italia
24. Prof. Vladimir Kochev, Perm State University, Perm, Russia
25. Prof. Michel Lesaige, Sorbonna University, Paris, France
26. M.Sc. Ivan Gricjak, Center of legal studies, Kiev, Ukraine
27. M.Sc. Petr Kirpenko, Institute of international relations, Kiev University, Ukraine
28. Prof. Kalle Merusk, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia
29. Prof. Sergey Gradirovsky, Center of Strategic Research for Privolzhsky Federal District, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
30. M.Sc.Alexander Ruzanov, Faculty of Law, Petrozavodsk State University, Russia

 

 

The Programme of ICCF:


Day 1 (May 11, 2006)

Arrival of guests to Petrozavodsk, accommodation in the hotel
15:00 Excursion around the city
18:00 Welcome party


Day 2 (May 12, 2006)

9.30 - Registration
Opening of the conference
10:00 - 10:10 Welcoming speech of the rector of PetrSU, prof. Viktor Vasiljev
10:10 - 10:20 Opening address of the vice - rector of PetrSU, prof. Nikolay Toivonen
Plenary session:
10:20 - 10:40 Presentation of INTAS activities
10:40 - 11:00 Prof. Sergey Chernov "Federalism in Russia: prospects and challenges"
11:00 - 11:20 Prof. Alexander Blankenagel "Centralism, federalism and regionalism"
11:20 - 11:40 Prof. Suren Avakian "Political and legal resources of federalism on the level of regions"

11:40 - 11:55 Coffee break.Continuation of the plenary session and oral presentations
11:55 - 12:15 Prof. Leena Lehtinen "Socio-psychological resources of federalism under conditions of globalization "
12:15 - 12:35 Prof. Michel Lesaige " Federalism: way of action or way of thinking?
12:35 - 12:55 Prof. Kalle Merusk "Federalism and peoples rights"

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:30 - 16:30 Meeting with the Head of the Republic of Karelia, Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of the Republic, Constitutional Court and Commercial Court of RK, Head of the Legislature.
18:30 - Dinner


Day 3 (May 13, 2006)

10:00 - 13:00 Panels I and II
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:30 Panels III and IV

I. Legal issues in optimization of federal relations
II. Problems of division of legislative powers in a federation. Budget federalism
III. Prospects of the European integration.EU relations with Eastern European countries
IV. Political resources of federalism in the NIS
1) Prof. Alexey Avtonomov
2) Dr. Grego di Anjela
3) Prof. Vladimir Kochev
4) M.Sc. Ivan Gricjak
5) Prof. Sergey Gradirovsky
6) Prof. Eduard Ponarin
1) Dr. Rafael Hakimov
2) Prof. Marat Salikov
3) M.Sc. Tatiana Mezina
4) Prof. Kaspars Balodis
5) Chief Justice Grigory Vasilevich
6) Dr. Venir Sammigulin
7) M.Sc.Alexander Ruzanov
1) Prof. Valtodas Vilnjuas
2) Dr. Boris Ebzeev
3) Prof. Per Berglid
4) M.Sc. Petr Kirpenko
5) Bakhtijar Babajanov
6) Prof. Alexander Kokatov
1) Prof. Evgeny Koljushin
2) Prof. Mikhail Chudakov
3) Prof. Nurlan Alnijazov
4) Prof. Jury Zaichuk
5) Andrey Iljuk


16:30 - 22:00 Organ concert in the town of Kondopoga (60 km away from Petrozavodsk) and dinner


Day 4 (May 14, 2006)

10.00 - 13.00 Round table in the Legislature of the Republic of Karelia. Panel discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 Closing of the Conference and farewell party. Departure of guests.

 

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