Increasing legal integration and interdependency places comparative studies at the heart of legal analysis. Research identifying the converging elements and principles in view of a common legal culture of diversity is necessary. This is particularly true for its territorial and socio-cultural dimensions as these regard the organization of living-together.
Regarding territorial diversity, the interaction of multiple levels of government in addressing complex governance issues and its regulation is of utmost interest. Comparative federal and autonomy studies shall explore theoretical perspectives and foundations, as well as specific policy areas, exploring in depth pluralistic governance and decision-making. Social and cultural diversity implies a modern understanding of the accommodation of multiple groups’ claims sharing the same territory. Going beyond traditional studies on minorities and their rights, new challenges in the accommodation of differences have to be addressed, including the accommodation of non-traditional forms of diversity. Moreover, often the same instruments can be used for the management of territorial as well as for social and cultural diversities. While privileging a comparative constitutional approach, the series faces new methodological demands and includes trans-disciplinary studies in order to meet the contemporary challenge of diversity in an integrated legal space, in Europe and beyond.
Professor Cheryl Saunders (Univ. of Melbourne)
Professor G. Alan Tarr (Rutgers Univ., Camden, NJ)
Professor Anna Gamper (Univ. of Innsbruck)
Professor Nico Steytler (Univ. of Western Cape)
Professor Petra Roter (Univ. of Ljubljana)
Professor Joshua Castellino (Middlesex Univ.)
Professor Stefan Oeter (Univ. of Hamburg)
Ms Ilze Brands-Kehris (Director HCNM Office, The Hague)