The Department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to invite you to the guest lecture on the Models of Secession in Europe (1989-2018) by Dr. Carlos Flores Juberías, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Valencia.
The existing European borders are currently being subject to challenges not seen since the already distant days of the fall of communism, the fracture of the Soviet Union, and the wars in the former Yugoslavia. After Scotland held a self-determination referendum in 2014 –fully legal and agreed upon with London– which resulted in a narrow victory for those in favor of remaining within the United Kingdom, Catalonia also tried in 2017 to follow a similar path towards segregation of Spain, while that same strategy takes time being insistently raised from the government of the Republika Srpska –and being consistently blocked by the High Representative of the EU– as a way to determine the continuity or otherwise of this territory in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition to the numerous European territories (Flanders, Padania, Corsica and, of course, the Basque Country) and extra-European countries (Kurdistan is probably the most dramatic case) they still question the state framework in which they are encompassed. Against this background, it might be timely –and useful as well– to ask whether there are indeed "paths" or "models" of secession that are actually being used by the current secessionist movements, in order to feed on successful experiences from the past, to avoid the errors that these or others could have committed, and to place themselves under the protection of the legitimacy that both of them could have accumulated at the time, or the above mentioned are entirely different process, devoid of any link or relationship.
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Carlos Flores Juberías is full professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia Law School, where he graduated in 1987 and got his JD in 1993, with Extraordinary Annual Awards in both cases. He was Fulbright scholar (1993 and 1994) and visiting lecturer (1994-1995) at the University of California San Diego, having visited the RFE/RL Research Institute in Munich and the Universities of Veszprém, Virginia and Triest, as well. In 1998- 1999 he was head-researcher of the Valencian Government sponsored research project “Towards a Consolidation of the Rule of Law in Eastern Europe”, and from 1998 to 2006 he coordinated the first five Spanish Conferences of East European Studies. In 2007, he also graduated in Political Science at the UNED University. He has been awarded the title of doctor honoris causa twice: by the St. Francis Xavier University in Sucre (Bolivia), and by the St. Cyril and St. Methodius University in Skopje (Macedonia).