Perspectives on Federalism is a free on-line peer-reviewed journal, promoted by the Centre for Studies on Federalism. This initiative follows the Bibliographical Bulletin on Federalism’s success, with an average of 15000 individual visits a month. Perspectives on Federalism aims at becoming a leading journal on the subject, and an open forum for interdisciplinary debate about federalism at all levels of government: sub-national, national, and supra-national at both regional and global levels.
Perspectives on Federalism is divided into three sections. Along with essays andreview articles, which are common to all academic journal, it will also publish very short notes to provide information and updated comments about political, economic and legal issues in federal states, regional organizations, and international organizations at global level, whenever they are relevant to scholars of federalism. We hope scholars from around the world will contribute to this initiative, and we have provided a simple and immediate way to submit an essay, a review article or a note.
Perspectives on Federalism will publish original contributions from different disciplinary viewpoints as the subject of federalism requires. Papers submitted will undergo a process of double blind review before eventually being accepted for publication.
The Centre for Studies on Federalism starts this project thanks to the commitment of a motivated international and interdisciplinary team of young scholars who constitute the editorial board. We count on the support of ascientific committee which lists colleagues with an established international reputation, who will be very helpful also in the peer review.

Both the editorial board and the scientific committee are open to further contributions from scholars interested in this project. Please contact us for any further information about forms of support, and cooperation with Perspectives on Federalism.
Relaciones inter-ordinamentales y margen de apreciación: el Tribunal de Estrasburgo y la doctrina Parot. Un encuentro de estudio

martes,04 de febrero 2014 (16:00 –  18:00)

Organizado por:
Grupo de trabajo: La Unión Europea en una perspectiva comparada (UEPC). Desafíos de la crisis de la deuda soberana: cuestiones institucionales, gobernanza multinivel y democraciaIntervienen:
Prof. Ramón García Albero (Universidad de Lleida)
Prof. María Díaz Crego (Universidad de Alcalá)

Anna Margherita Russo (CEPC)

Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Plaza de la Marina Española, 9. Madrid


 François Rocher (University of Ottawa)
jueves,12 de diciembre 2013 (12:00 –  14:00)

‘Managing’ Ethno-Cultural Diversity in Canada: Why Canada Still Embraces Multiculturalism?
taken from
Questioning Re:Generation Europe
Re:Generation Europe
Discussing Ways of How to Re-Launch European Integration
Luogo:  Department of Humanities – Room 001
16 December 2013
“Europe is more than a market, more than an incipient political community or fiscal union. To its citizens, Europe is, first and foremost, a tangible reality”.
Besides technical issues the current crisis also raises important questions regarding the EU’s identity (unanswered after the constitutional crisis, and even before).
The Manifesto “Re:generation Europe”  is an “initiative that calls for a new normative paradigm for the European Union” arguing that “the European Union should be more European and that it should more firmly reflect the European modus operandi of society”.
In spring 2013 the German Law Journal published a Special Issue: Regeneration Europe which further develops the Manifesto and contains contributions from different disciplines and viewpoints.
Starting from the discussion of the Manifesto and GLJ Special Issue, the conference shall explore the state of the Union and whether and how it is possible (and/or desirable) to re-launch the European integration process.


After a presentation of the Manifesto and the Special Issue by its two editors, PhD students will present three papers on some of the issues discussed in the GLJ Special Issue; the presentations will be followed by comments and discussion. The conference will close with a round table with Faculty of the School of International Studies”.
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El Ordenamiento Regional Italiano En La Espiral Centralizadora De La Crisis: ¡Todo Cambia Para Que Nada Cambie! (The Italian Regional Order in the Centralizing Spiral of the Crisis: ‘Everything Changes so that Nothing Changes’)

Anna Margherita Russo 

Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (CEPC)
December 5, 2013

Cuadernos Manuel Giménez Abad, n. 6, 2013, pp. 9-25 


En este trabajo se ofrece un análisis del regionalismo italiano en la fase actual de crisis económico-financiera. Después de una primera introducción sobre los elementos de continuidad en la historia de las reformas del regionalismo italiano, la segunda parte del trabajo se centra en los cambios constitucionales y legislativos inducidos por la crisis, haciendo referencia, además al papel jugado por el Tribunal Constitucional. El objetivo es destacar los rasgos peculiares del regionalismo italiano que af loran sobretodo en tiempos de crisis, es decir la tendencia a reformar reformas todavía inacabadas. Dan muestra de esto las propuestas de reforma constitucional sobre la organización territorial actualmente a debate, que parecen encajarse en el derecho constitucional de la crisis.

In this work I shall offer an analysis of the Italian regionalism in the current phase of economic-financial crisis. After introducing the main elements of continuity in the history of reforms in this ambit, in the second part of the article I shall focus on the constitutional changes introduced in order to face the crisis. When doing so I shall make reference to the role played by the Italian Constitutional Court. The aim of this work is to emphasize those features of the Italian regionalism that emerge in time of crisis, namely the tendency to reform unfinished reforms. The currently debated proposals for a constitutional reform of the territorial organization are an evidence of this trend and can be traced back to the idea of a constitutional law of the crisis.

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17


Keywords: Economic crisis, Italian Regionalism, Constitutional Reform
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Call for Papers



Seminar in memoriam of Gabriella Angiulli


organised by

the Centro di Studi sul Parlamento, LUISS Guido Carli of Rome,

in co-operation with the Centro interdipartimentale di ricerca e formazione

sul diritto pubblico europeo e comparato, University of Siena


28th & 29th March 2014


Venue: LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy

Organizers: Maria Dicosola, Cristina Fasone, Irene Spigno


In an age of globalisation of markets, policies and law, European integration is undergoing an extraordinary expansion. This process, far from involving only the harmonisation of national legislation according to common principles, is underpinning the transformation of the nature of the European constitutional systems. According to many distinguished scholars, in fact, a multilevel system of sources and courts is re-defining the boundaries of European Law, which has now an inherent constitutional dimension.

Within this framework, the phenomenon of the so called ‘dialogue’ between domestic and European courts is particularly relevant. The ‘dialogue’ should be ‘taken seriously’ as far as it is generating a wide impact on the protection of fundamental rights of the individuals. Amongst the tools of cooperation between European Courts, the preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Constitutional Courts is crucial.

Indeed, by their very nature, Constitutional Courts are sui generis courts because of their procedures of appointment, composition and functions, and most of them in the EU Members States have been engaged in a direct – by means of the preliminary reference procedure, as also the recent engagement of the French Conseil Constitutionnel (Decision n. 2013-314P QPC, 4th April 2013) and the Spanish Tribunal Constitutional (Order ATC 86/2011, 9th June 2011) shows us – or indirect ‘dialogue’ with the Court in Luxembourg, as regards the German Bundesverfassungsgericht (Decision n. BVerfGE 37, 271, 19th May 1974, and Decision n. 2 BvR 2661/06, 6th July 2010). The CJEU and the national Constitutional Courts often agree on the interpretation of EU Law and national (constitutional) law, but sometimes a clash of jurisprudences does appear, especially when it comes to balancing rights with the objectives of the European integration (see the examples of the European Arrest Warrant, of the Data Retention Directive, and ultimately of the enforcement of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU, as in the Melloni case: Case C-399/11, 26th February 2013).

This issue was the topic of the Ph.D. thesis assigned to Gabriella Angiulli, to whom the conference is dedicated. Gabriella Angiulli was Ph.D. student at the University of Siena and teaching assistant at LUISS Guido Carli, where she graduated with a dissertation in Comparative Public Law in 2008.

The Conference will feature the participation of a number of distinguished scholars, including Thomas Beukers (European University Institute), Francesco Cherubini (LUISS Guido Carli), Monica Claes (Maastricht University), Melina Decaro (LUISS Guido Carli), Tania Groppi (University of Siena), Nicola Lupo (LUISS Guido Carli), Giuseppe Martinico (Centro de studios políticos y constitucionales-Scuola superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa), Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University), Robert Schütze (Durham Law School), who have already confirmed their presence.

During the first day of the Conference (entirely in English), on Friday 28th March, the morning session will be devoted to the analysis by the invited scholars of the relationship amongst Constitutional Courts of the Member States, the CJEU, and the European Court of Human Rights; while the afternoon session will consist of a workshop of young scholars (PhD Students and Post-Doctorate Researchers) based on the presentations of the paper givers. The second day of the Conference (in Italian and in English), on Saturday 29th March morning, will deal with the Italian Constitutional Court’s attitude towards the preliminary reference proceedings.

The organizers invite the submission of paper proposals on the case-law of one or several Constitutional Courts in the EU Member States issuing preliminary references, or on a specific decision or set of decisions of Constitutional Courts on a particular subject (e.g. the constitutional identity of Member States) raised by preliminary references and rulings. Moreover, also abstracts on Constitutional Courts that have not issued a preliminary reference yet are welcome, possibly describing the relevant case-law in which a request for preliminary reference has been raised and why finally the tool has not been used.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Ph.D. Students and Post-Doctorate Researchers (who have completed their Ph.D. by no more than two years) interested in presenting a paper on this topic can submit an abstract (max. 500 words) and their CV by 22nd December 2013 at The results of the selection process will be notified by 10th January 2014 and the deadline for submitting papers at will be 28th February 2014. Meals during the Conference and accommodation in Rome will be provided to the selected Speakers (the hotel will be reserved and paid for one or two nights depending upon logistics and travel origins).

Subject to a blind peer-review process, the papers submitted can be published in the LUISS School of Government Working Paper Series:

For additional information, please contact Maria Dicosola (, Cristina Fasone (, or Irene Spigno (

The EUDO Conference will assess the crisis’ impact on the elections of 2013 and 2014. The Conference will offer an opportunity to analyse the results of the national elections that will be held in Europe in 2013 and will provide insights for the 2014 European elections, by focusing on the links between actors, strategies, and the themes that characterize the elections at both levels.

The Conference will bring together high-level academics and external experts (politicians, policy-makers and civil-society and media representatives) in order to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue, to foster the exchange of ideas and good practices, to translate scientific results into policy deliverables, and to develop practical suggestions for improving EU democracy.

Full programme