Law and Politics of State Transformation, International Intervention and Domestic Interim Governance


This international expert seminar brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss the law and politics of interim governance and state transformation processes. What are the limits to external intervention in such processes? What lies behind the discourse of states being 'in transition'? To what extent can the constitutional and institutional structure of a state being overhauled during an interregnum? These are among the questions that will be addressed both from a conceptual and practice-oriented perspective. Organized by the Academy of European Law, in association with the University of Copenhagen and the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School).  21-22 September 2015

The legacy of Fausta Deshormes La Valle in today's Europe


The Alcide De Gasperi Research Centre, together with the Historical Archives of the European Union, is organizing the international conference "The building of a European Civil Society in the context of equality between women and men. The legacy of Fausta Deshormes La Valle." Fausta Deshormes La Valle is unanimously regarded by scholars and experts as one of the mothers of a united Europe. The conference will take place on 25 September 2015 at Villa Salviati in Florence, home to the Historical Archives of the European Union.

Call for papers on climate policies


The Florence School of Regulation Climate invites scholars on EU ETS, carbon/energy taxes, energy efficiency policies, and renewable policies to submit papers for the FSR Climate 2015 Annual Conference which will take place on 22-23 October.  The event aims to take stock of existing knowledge on the effects of European climate policies and it will target researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders operating in this area. Deadline for submissions of papers: 6 September 2015

The Author's Hand and the Printer's Mind. Towards a connected history of textual practices


Departing from French cultural historian Roger Chartier’s latest volume "The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind", scholars in the fields of book history, literary history, art history and the history of science and knowledge, among others, will discuss and explore the question of the materiality of text with respect to their varied methodological techniques and practices. 17-18 September 2015



The Enlightenment in Scotland : national and international perspectives

Edited by Jean-François Dunyach, and Ann Thomson

What was the Scottish Enlightenment? Long since ignored or sidelined, it is now a controversial topic – damned by some as a conservative movement objectively allied to the enemies of enlightenment, placed centre stage by others as the archetype of what is meant by ‘Enlightenment’.  In this book leading experts reassess the issue by exploring both the eighteenth-century intellectual developments taking place within Scotland and the Scottish contribution to the Enlightenment as a whole.

Citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro : effects of statehood and identity challenges

By Jelena Dzankic

What happens to the citizen when states and nations come into being? How do the different ways in which states and nations exist define relations between individuals, groups, and the government? Are all citizens equal in their rights and duties in the newly established polity? Addressing these key questions in the contested and ethnically heterogeneous post-Yugoslav states of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro, this book reinterprets the place of citizenship in the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the creation of new states in the Western Balkans.

The transformation of Italian armed forces in comparative perspective : adapt, improvise, overcome?

By Fabrizio Coticchia and Francesco N. Moro

European armed forces have undergone deep changes in the past two decades. The focus of this book is the organizational dimension of the restructuring of armed forces through three different lenses: doctrine and strategic framework, budget and resource allocation, and force structure and deployment. The key issues addressed relate to how these factors interact in shaping transformation. Focusing on the Italian case in comparative perspective and based on a large variety of military operations from airstrikes to peacekeeping and counterinsurgency, the book provides an innovative viewpoint on military transformation.