Nations and States in Europe

The Catalan Case

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
5 October 2017 - 18:30h
LOCATION: CCCB, Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB amb la col•laboració del CCCB

COLLABORATORS (1):

Objective

Secessionist movements in Europe have become more visible in recent years. From Catalonia and Scotland to Kurdistan and Kosovo, nations have tried to secede from their host states with varying degrees of success. These challenges represent the aspirations of stateless nations to gain independence, and they have value. But they also represent challenges to political order both within states and across the international system. In normative terms, this is contest between the right of stateless nations to self-determination and the right of states to maintain their territorial integrity. 

Violence has been historically used to resolve territorial disputes but in recent decades there has been a noticeable shift to peaceful means, possibly because its effectiveness. The dynamics of secession (and counter-secession) have been radically transformed and a wide range of experts in think tanks and academia are now examining the dyadic relationship at the local, national, and international levels. Regrettably, much less attention has been devoted to examining the interactions between the domestic and international level and how theseaffect the development, mobilization, and strategies practiced by contemporary secessionist movements. 

This workshop will examine the ways in which the strategies of secession and counter-secession have been shaped by international politics. The participants will be invited to answer the following research questions. How does domestic support interact with the international context? What are the strategies that secessionist movements adopt when seeking independence, and how do they vary? How do secessionist leaders gain legitimacy in the eyes of their local, national, and international audiences, and does the success at one level compromise success at the other? How do changes in international norms and great power politics influence the strategies and success rates of independence efforts? How do regional organizations like the European Union affect secessionist outcomes? 

To answer all these questions based on specific case studies, CIDOB has decided to organize two activities: first, the conference “Nations and States in Europe: The Catalan Case” that will take place on October 5th at CCCB and, second, an international seminar on the topic “Secession and counter-secession: An International Relations Perspective” on October 6th at CIDOB. Both events will gather world-renowned experts and will analyse country case studies in a comparative perspective as well as establishing transnational networks of knowledge and dialogue in this respective area.

 

Participants:

Xavier Arbós, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Barcelona (UB)

Mercè Barceló, Professor of Constitutional Law, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Ferran Requejo, Professor of Political Science, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Antoni Segura,President, CIDOB

Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science, University of Barcelona (UB); and Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB

Vicenç Villatoro, Director, CCCB

 

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SPEAKERS

Xavier Arbós

Xavier Arbós

Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Barcelona (UB)

Mercè Barceló

Mercè Barceló

Professor of Constitutional Law, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Ferran Requejo

Ferran Requejo

Professor of Political Science, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Antoni Segura i Mas

Antoni Segura i Mas

President, CIDOB

Pere Vilanova

Pere Vilanova

Professor of Political Science, University of Barcelona (UB); and Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB

Vicenç Villatoro

Vicenç Villatoro

Director, CCCB

Nations and States in Europe PERFORMED ACTIVITY

18:30h Welcome

Vicenç Villatoro, Director, CCCB

Antoni Segura,President, CIDOB 

18:40h The Catalan Case: Recent Evolution and International Implications

Ferran Requejo, Professor of Political Science, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science, University of Barcelona (UB); and Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB

 

19:30h Round table: Institutional Legal Framework

Moderates: Vicenç Villatoro, Director, CCCB

Xavier Arbós, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Barcelona (UB)

Mercè Barceló, Professor of Constitutional Law, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Ferran Requejo, Professor of Political Science, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)

Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science, University of Barcelona (UB); and Associate Senior Researcher, CIDOB

20:30h Closure