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Miguel Angel Asensio

is professor of economic history and public finance as well as director of the public administration doctoral programme (UNL). He was Fulbright Scholar at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), visiting Professor in Canadian Universities and consultant for World Bank and Organization of American States.

Eva Maria Belser

is Professor of constitutional and administrative law at the University of Fribourg, Co-director of the Institute of Federalism, member of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in human rights and holder of an UNESCO chair in democracy and human rights. Her publications and main research interests include Swiss and comparative constitutional law, federalism and decentralization, human and minority rights, democracy and conflict resolution. She has been involved in federalism and human rights projects among others in China, Palestine and Syria.

James Bickerton

is Professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University. His research interests are in the areas of Canadian and comparative federalism and regionalism. He recently published (University of Toronto Press, with A.-G. Gagnon) the sixth edition of Canadian Politics. He is Associate Researcher with the Centre for Research on Quebec and Canadian Studies (CREQC). He has been Visiting Professor or Scholar at Cornell, Simon Fraser, Victoria, McGill, UQAM, Barcelona, and Edinburgh.

Eugénie Brouillet

is Professor in the Law Faculty and Vice-Principal for research, creation and innovation at Université Laval. Her fields of expertise include constitutional law, comparative federalism as well as human rights protection in the context of deep diversity. She is the author of La négation de la nation. L’identité culturelle québécoise et le fédéralisme canadien (Richard-Arès Book Award) and is coauthor of Droit constitutionnel (6th edition).

Michael Burgess

has worked at the Universities of Plymouth, Keele, and Hull before joining the School of Politics and International Relations in Canterbury in 2005. At Hull he was the Director of the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS) for a decade. He was a Professor of Federal Studies and Director of the Centre for Federal Studies (CFS) at the University of Kent. Among his publications are Comparative Federalism in Theory and Practice (2006), In Search of the Federal Spirit (2012). He has also coedited with Alain-G. Gagnon Federal Democracies (2010).

Paolo Colasante

graduated in Law and obtained PhD in Public Law at the University of Teramo (Italy). He is a researcher at the Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism and Self-Government “Massimo Severo Giannini” of the Italian National Research Council (Rome). He is author of several essays and papers on constitutional law, regional law and EU law, some of which are published in English.

Shane Day

is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University – Bloomington. His research interests include comparative indigenous group sovereignty and policy; environmental policy, particularly in the areas of fisheries, water quality, and forestry; economic development; food security; comparative federalism and public administration; and co-management of natural resources.

Tracy Beck Fenwick

is Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations and the Director of the Australian Centre for Federalism in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University (ANU). She completed her doctorate specializing in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford in 2009 (St. Anthony’s College). She publishes widely on the politics of social protection in federal context. Her publications include a monograph entitled Avoiding Governors: Federalism, Democracy, and Poverty Alleviation in Brazil and Argentina.

Yonatan Tesfaye Fessha

is a Research Fellow at the Dullah Omar Institute of Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights. He is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape. He has published widely on matters pertaining to federalism, constitutional design, autonomy and politicised ethnicity. His publications include a book on Ethnic diversity and federalism: Constitution Making in South Africa and Ethiopia.

Assefa Fiseha

is a leading Ethiopian expert, researcher and academician on comparative federalism and constitutional law. He has published books, book chapters and journal articles related to these fields both in Ethiopia and international journals.

Alain-G. Gagnon

holds the Canada Research Chair in Québec and Canadian Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His books include The Case for Multinational Federalism (Routledge) and Minority Nations in the Age of Uncertainty (University of Toronto Press). He was elected member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008, received the Trudeau Award in 2010, and obtained the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies in 2016.

Peter Hänni

is Professor for constitutional and administrative law at the University of Fribourg and Director of the Institute of Federalism. His publications and main research interests include federalism, the statute of public employees, planning and construction law, and environmental law. He is also the Director of the Swiss Association for Administrative Organization Law, former Dean of the Law Faculty, University of Fribourg.

John Kincaid

is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and Director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. He served as Senior Editor of the Global Dialogue on Federalism, a joint project of the Forum of Federations and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (2001–2014); and Editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism (1981–2006). He is the author of various works on federalism and intergovernmental relations.

Karl Kössler

is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen. After degrees in law as well as in political science, he obtained a PhD in comparative public law and political science. His current research focuses in particular on comparative federalism and regionalism, as well as fundamental rights, participatory democracy, and policymaking in multilevel systems.

Marc Sanjaume-Calvet

earned a PhD in Political Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He now lectures at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and is member of the Political Theory Research Group of this university. Has been Adviser and Researcher at the Institut d‘Estudis de l’Autogovern (Barcelona). In 2014 and 2015 he held a post-doctoral position with the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie (CRIDAQ) at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Gabriella Saputelli

is Researcher in Public Law at the Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism and Self Government (ISSiRFA) of the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome. She graduated in law and obtained a Ph.D. in Italian and European Constitutional Law at the University of Teramo (Italy). She has published several essays and papers on constitutional law, regional law and EU law.

Rekha Saxena

is Honorary Vice-Chairperson, Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi and Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. She was appointed as a Member of a Task Force of the Second Commission on Centre-State Relations set up by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Her publications include ituating Federalism: Mechanism of Intergovernmental Relations in Canada and India (2006) and Varieties of Federal Governance : Major Contemporary Models (2011).

Hans-Peter Schneider

is Professor Emeritus for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Hannover (Germany); Acting Director of the “German Institute for Federal Studies Inc. (DIF)”, Hannover; Former Justice of the Constitutional Courts of Saxony and Lower Saxony; 1998–2002 Vice-President of the IACFS. Member of numerous advisory bodies in Germany and elsewhere.

Nico Steytler

is the holder of the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy at the Dullah Omar Institute of Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and former President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies.

G. Alan Tarr

is Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and Board of Governors Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden. He serves as the editor of the reference series Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States. His books include: Without Fear or Favor: Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability in the States (2013); State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century (2006); and Understanding State Constitutions (1998).

Dejan Vanjek

obtained his Ph.D. in sociology in 2013 in Sarajevo, BiH. He is a Research Associate with the Institute for Social and Political research IDPI, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His research interests cover a vast array of topics among which are multinational federalism, peace process, and conflict managenent.

Jaap de Visser

is Director of the University of the Western Cape’s Dullah Omar Institute, a research and advocacy unit focusing on democracy and human rights in Africa. He has overseen and conducted research on multilevel government in South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya.

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