The Right to Decide in the 21st Century: Scotland, Catalonia and Beyond

Events / 25.9.14

The Scottish referendum and the forthcoming Catalan consultation show that Europe is living in an evolving era regarding the self-determination processes. The Centre Maurits Coppieters, UNPO and the European Free Alliance took the initiative to organise a conference on “the right to decide” aiming at understanding and reviewing the latest developments in this field and the repercussion of this phenomena for the European Union. Top politicians, researchers and practitioners will share their views and analysis to foster a broader debate on this subject of current relevance.

Opening remarks

  •  Mr. Josep–Maria Terricabras, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA)
  • Mr. Marino Busdachin, UNPO General Secretary

Panel I: The Right to Decide – in Theory and Practice

  •  The Right to Decide and International Law by Dr. Koen de Feyter– University of Antwerp
  • Greater Autonomy: A Democratic Right? by Dr. Dirk Rochtus – KU Leuven
  • Civic Engagement on the Road to Self-government by Mr. Miquel Strubell– Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned: Reflections on the Scottish Referendum by Prof. David McCrone–University of Edinburg

Panel II: Looking Forward, Looking Outward

  • Implementing the Right to Decide in Catalonia: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead by Mr. Ernest Maragall – Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA)
  • Paradiplomacy: Foreign Policy Capacity of Sub-State Entities by Mr. Günther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance
  • Emerging Movements: The State of Savoy by a Representative of Direction aux Affaires Savoisiennes
  • The Case for Internal Enlargement of the European Union by Mr. Merijn Camon – University of Gand. European law institute


When: 25 September 2014 from 9:30AM – 12:00AM

Where: European Parliament (Brussels) – Altiero Spinelli Building 5E1 – Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

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This seminar is an initiative of UNPO in cooperation with the Centre Maurits Coppieters and EFA.

 This Conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference and for the opinions of the speakers.