Case study authors


Ackrén, Maria [TA case study Greenland]: Maria Ackrén is Associate Professor in Political Science at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland. Her main research interests are autonomy arrangements in the world, island studies, comparative methodology, Arctic relations and regional parties (autonomist and secessionist parties, especially in a Nordic context). Her latest publications include: "Island Autonomies - Constitutional and Political Developments", in Ferdinand Karlhofer and Günther Pallaver (eds.), Federal Power-Sharing in Europe. Baden-Baden: Nomos (2017):; "Public Consultation Processes in Greenland Regarding the Mining Industry", in Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2016, "The Political Parties in Greenland and Their Development", in Eva Maria Belser et.al. (eds.) States Falling Apart? Secessionist and Autonomy Movements in Europe, Publications of the Institute of Federalism Fribourg, PIFF (10), Bern: Stämpfli Verlag AG (2015)


Alber, Elisabeth [TA case study South Tyrol]: Elisabeth Alber is a political scientist and researcher at the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). Her main research fields are minority protection, autonomies, ethnic federalism, decentralization processes, participatory democracy in compound States. Her latest publications include: Politika 2016 – Südtiroler Jahrbuch für Politik, Raetia: Bozen – Nomos: Baden-Baden, 2016 (editor with Günther Pallaver and Alice Engl); Federalism as Decision-Making. Changes in Structures, Procedures and Policies, Brill-Nijhoff: Boston-Leiden, 2015 (editor with Francesco Palermo); “Haut-Adige/Tyrol du Sud: un système éducatif divisé dans les Alpes”, in Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, Volume 21, n. 4, 2014, 59-82.


Alderman, Jonathan [TA case study Bolivia]: Jonathan Alderman is a social anthropologist and translator with a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, MA in Latin American Studies from the University of London and BA in Philosophy from the University of Essex. He is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of St Andrews. Jonathan's doctoral thesis, 'The Path to Ethnogenesis and Autonomy: Kallawaya-consciousness in Plurinational Bolivia' examined Bolivia's transformation into a plurinational state with autonomies ethnographically through the practical experience of an indigenous nation, the Kallawayas, in constructing indigenous autonomy based on their identification and constitutional recognition as a nation. He has published book chapters and journal articles related to indigenous autonomy, infrastructure, housing and materiality, amongst other topics related to his research in Bolivia.    


Beretka, Katinka [NTA case study Serbia]: Katinka Beretka is an assistant lecturer at the Dr. Lazar Vrkatic Law School of the Union University (Novi Sad, Serbia). Between 2010 and 2014, she held the position of legal councilor for linguistic issues in the National Council of the Hungarian National Minority in Serbia. Currently she is a member of the National Council's Committee on the official use of language and script. After graduating from the Faculty of Law of the University of Novi Sad, she obtained an LLM degree (2010) at the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and a PhD degree (2015) at the Széchenyi István University (Győr, Hungary). Her legal research focuses on territorial and non-territorial autonomy, vertical division of power and linguistic rights of national minorities.


Bosire, Conrad M. [TA case study Kenya]: Conrad M. Bosire is an expert in the areas of law, governance and development, and human rights. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Justice in Kenya, and is the acting Executive Director of the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), an umbrella body that brings together (state and non-state) justice sector institutions in Kenya. Dr. Bosire holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and a PhD in Law from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). His doctoral research analysed Kenya's system of devolution and examined how it pursues development, unity, and limited (democratic) central government.


Constantin, Sergiu [TA case study Jammu and Kashmir]: Sergiu Constantin is a researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). He is a graduate of the Law Faculty of University of Bucharest (Romania) and holds a Master degree in European Studies from University of Graz (Austria). His research interests are related mainly to legal protection of national and ethnic minorities in Central and South Eastern Europe. His recent projects are focusing on autonomy arrangements, political participation and linguistic rights minorities. Sergiu has published several articles, papers and book chapters on these issues and co-edited the volumes Practice of Minority Protection in Central Europe (2011) and Autonomy Arrangements Around the World – A Collection of Well and Lesser Known Cases (2014).


Dobos, Balázs [NTA case study Hungary]: Balázs Dobos is a research fellow at the Institute for Minority Studies within the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He obtained MA degrees in history and political science at the Eötvös Loránd University and a PhD in political science at the Corvinus University of Budapest. His research field mainly concerns the participation and representation of minority communities in public life, the decision-making processes in minority policies, as well as the main features of ethnic parties, and ethnopolitical conflicts in East Central Europe. His recent projects focus on the issue of Roma political parties and the comparative analysis of the elections of non-territorial autonomy regimes in ECE. His Hungarian and international publications mainly cover the political and legal situation and public participation of the national and ethnic minorities living in Hungary, the system of minority self-governments, and minority rights in contemporary Hungary.


Escajedo San-Epifanio, Leire [TA case study Basque Country]: Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Spain) and member of the Research Group "Multilevel Governance and EU Law" (PR Alberto López-Basaguren).  Her main research fields are multilevel governance, bioethics and biolaw, identity and data protection, governance of agrofood biotechnologies and governance of the food systems. Her publications on autonomy and federalism include: The Ways of Federalism in Western Countries and the Horizons of Territorial Autonomy in Spain (Springer 2013; co-editor and co-author) and Claims for Secession and Federalism. A Comparative Study with a Special Focus on Spain (Springer 2019, co-editor and co-author).


Grau Creus, Mireia​ [TA case study Catalonia]: Mireia​ Grau Creus is a senior officer at the Institut d'Estudis de l'Autogovern (Institute of Self-Government Studies) of the Government of Catalonia where she heads the Research Unit. She holds a PhD in social and political sciences from the European University Institute (Italy). Her main areas of interests are comparative federalism and decentralization systems, intergovernmental relations, institutional analyses and public policy and administration. She was a lecturer on policy analysis and public administration at the Universidad de Murcia (1999-2004), and she has lectured comparative public policy analyses in university master programmes (K.U. Leuven and Universitat Pompeu Fabra).


Kössler, Karl [TA case study Jammu and Kashmir]: Karl Kössler is a senior researcher at the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). After degrees in law and political science, he obtained a PhD in comparative public law and political science from the University of Innsbruck (Austria). His main fields of interest and expertise are comparative federalism and autonomy studies and, more broadly, constitutional design in diverse societies. Moreover, Dr. Kössler has conducted research on the management of powers and policies in multilevel systems (e.g. fundamental rights, external relations, social welfare, immigration and integration) and on the status of individuals and groups in such systems (e.g. regional citizenship, participatory democracy). He has provided consultancy to the Council of Europe as well as to various national and subnational governments. He has lectured on the above-mentioned subjects in Europe and beyond both at universities and in master programmes targeted at post-docs and civil servants.


Riekkinen, Mariya [NTA case study Finland]: Mariya Riekkinen is an Adjunct Professor (Docent) and a researcher at Åbo Akademi University (Finland). Her research interests relate to public law, constitutional law, comparative law and Russian legal studies, as well as the rights of vulnerable groups and minority rights. Riekkinen collaborates extensively with Russian universities (in particular University of Tyumen, South Urals State University, State Academic University for the Humanities) and with universities in Central Asia.


Rocher, François [TA case study Quebec]: François Rocher​ (PhD Université de Montréal, 1987) is full professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa since 2006, where he served as chair (2008-2013 and 2014 -2015). In 2018-2019, he served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association. From 1990 to 2006, he was professor in the political science department at Carleton University. His research interests include issues related to multi-ethnic and multi-national diversity, citizenship, constitutional politics, Canadian federalism and Quebec nationalism. He has published several books and co-directed thirteen edited books, including Trust, Distrust, and Mistrust in Multinational Democracies. Comparative Perspectives (2018), Essential Readings in Canadian Politics and Government (2010 and 2015), Le nouvel ordre constitutionnel canadien (2013). He is the author of more than 150 publications in edited books or academic journals. He is a founding member of the Research Group on Multinational Societies (GRSP) and a regular member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Diversity and Democracy (CRIDAQ) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).


Romero Caro, Francisco Javier​ [TA case study Basque Country]: Francisco Javier Romero Caro is Assistant Professor at the Department of Law at Nebrija University and researcher at the University of the Basque Country. After degrees in law and business management he obtained a PhD in Law at the University of the Basque Country. His research interest relates to territorial distribution of powers in multilevel systems (with a special focus on federal states) and territorial integration and secession in states such as Canada or Spain. He has been a visiting researcher at the CEPC, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and the University of Ottawa. His publications include articles such as "Senado y sistema federal en Canadá: ¿imposibilidad de una reforma deseable?" (Revista de Estudios Políticos 2016) and "The Spanish vision of Canada's Clarity Act: from idealization to myth" (Perspectives on Federalism 2017). In 2020, the European Commission awarded him with the Seal of Excellence in the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie call in a joint application with Eurac Research in a project on fiscal federalism. 


Sanjaume-Calvet, Marc​ [TA case study Catalonia]: Marc​ Sanjaume-Calvet is currently part-time instructor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He holds a PhD in Political Science and is a member of the Political Theory Research Group at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been visiting researcher at the Institute of Governance of Edinburgh University, Université Laval and Université du Québec à Montréal. He is a former postdoctoral researcher at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie (CRIDAQ) and former researcher and advisor at Institut d'Estudis de l'Autogovern of the Catalan Government. His research interests include the study of federal systems, nationalism, self-determination processes, minority nations, political autonomy and multi-level governance from a comparative and political theory perspectives. 


Suksi, Markku [NTA case study Finland]: Markku Suksi is Professor of Public Law at the Department of Law, Åbo Akademi University (Finland). His instruction contains courses within the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and comparative law. He has published, inter alia, the following books and edited volumes: Autonomy: Applications and Implications (Kluwer, 1998), Finlands statsrätt (Institute of Human Rights, 2002), Ålands konstitution (Åbo Akademi University Press, 2005), Sub-State Governance through Territorial Autonomy (Springer, 2011), and Double Enumeration of Legislative Powers in a Sub-State Context. A Comparison between Canada, Denmark and Finland (Springer, 2018). He has also authored a number of articles in the area of non-territorial autonomy, linguistic rights and minority rights.


Székely, István Gergő [NTA case study Serbia]: István Gergő Székely is a researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj (Romania). He obtained an MA (2007) and a PhD (2014) in political science at the Central European University (Budapest). His research interests are related to ethnic mobilization, the political parties of ethnic and national minorities and ethnic politics in general. He has authored or co-authored a number of articles on these issues, as well as a book on power-sharing (Democrație consociaționistă sau împărțirea puterii în societăți muiltietnice. Cadru teoretic și patru studii de caz, 2011), and co-edited the volume Autonomy Arrangements Around the World – A Collection of Well and Lesser Known Cases (2014).


Tomaselli, Alexandra [TA case study Bolivia]: Alexandra Tomaselli (PhD in Law) is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights of Eurac Research, Bolzano-Bozen (Italy). Since 2004, she has worked in various EU-funded research and international cooperation projects in Europe, Latin America, and South Asia. She has published several articles and delivered lectures and presentations on Indigenous and Minority rights, Latin American studies, et al both in Europe and overseas. Her recent publications include the single-authored book Indigenous Peoples and their Right to Political Participation: International Law Standards and their Application in Latin America published by Nomos in 2016, and the co-edited collection titled The Prior Consultation of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America: Inside the Implementation Gap published by Routledge in September 2019. Alexandra is also a member of the International Law Association (ILA) and of its Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 


Tsitselikis, Konstantinos [NTA case study Greece]: Konstantinos Tsitselikis is Professor in Human Rights and International Organizations at the University of Macedonia (Greece) and Dean of the School of Economic and Regional Studies (since 2018). He has lectured at the University of Thrace (Greece) and Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), has worked for the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the UN and the EU in human rights and democratisation field missions and has been the chairman of the Hellenic League for Human Rights (2011-2017). He is a member of the Secretariat of the Research Centre for Minority Groups. Prof. Tsitselikis published several books, articles and studies on human rights, minorities, migration and refugee law. His publications include: Old and New Islam in Greece. From traditional minorities to immigrant newcomers (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012); “Greek and Turkish reciprocal minorities: Α silenced dispute at the border zone of democracy” (with Meriç Özgüneş), in Alexis Hraklidis and Gizem Cakmak (eds.) Greece and Turkey in Conflict and Cooperation (Routledge 2019)​.


Wolf, Sonja [NTA case study Germany]: Sonja Wolf is a Researcher at the European Centre for Minority Issues (Germany), primarily focusing on minority-majority relationships in the German-Danish border region. Her research interests are in minority empowerment processes, what these processes look like for different minorities, and under which conditions such empowerment processes can be triggered and supported. Of particular interest are the role of Political Opportunity Structures and minority self-organisation and self-management in this regard. Her latest publications include: „Zur sozialen und politischen Lage der anerkannten nationalen Minderheiten in Deutschland" in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 11-12 (2017); "Minority Empowerment" in Tove Malloy and Caitlin Boulter (eds.) Contemporary Minority Issues: Recent Challenges, New Conceptual Approaches. (Frank & Timme, 2018); "Universal basic income as a tool of empowerment for minorities", (with Craig Willis) ECMI Working Paper #109 (2018).​


Zongwe, Dunia Prince [TA case study DR Congo]: Dunia Prince Zongwe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Studies at Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, South Africa. He specializes in finance, natural resources, contracts, and human rights (with occasional excursions into constitutional law), focusing on Africa. Zongwe has carried out consulting projects for such clients as the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Law Society of Namibia (LSN). Since 2008, he has presented lectures at about 35 conferences at many universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Yale University in the US, and Université de Montréal in Canada. Zongwe received several merit scholarships and awards, including the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC, South Africa) Certificate of Excellence for Best Presenter (runner-up award) in 2016. Fluent in English and French, Zongwe studied at the University of Namibia, Université de Montréal and Cornell University, where he earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees in law.


Zwilling, Carolin [TA case study South Tyrol]: Carolin Zwilling is a lawyer and senior researcher and former coordinator (2006-2012) at the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (Italy). Her main research fields are comparative Italian and European constitutional law, territorial autonomies, cross-border cooperation, constitutional reform processes in federalizing countries. Her latest publications include: Functional and more? New potential for the European grouping of territorial cooperation – EGTC, Bolzano, Eurac Research, 2014 (editor with Alice Engl); Gemeinden im Europäischen Mehrebenensystem: Herausforderungen im 21. Jahrhundert, Nomos, 2014 (editor with Elisabeth Alber).