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The Institute of Federalism, based at the University of Fribourg, has announced a call for applications for its annual International Summer University which is in its 22nd year.

The Summer University is a 3 week course from August 23 to September 10, 2010 and provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn and experience the current state of scholarship and practice in the area of federalism, decentralisation and conflict resolution. This year the Institute will also offer an Internship Programme in Federalism for young persons from developing countries. This internship programme is a unique one and results from a joint effort between the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Governments, the Forum of Federations and the Institute of Federalism.

The Institute of Federalism, founded in 1984, has established itself as a centre of competence renowned worldwide in the field of federalism, state organization, democracy and human rights. The International Research and Consulting Centre (IRCC) is part of the Institute of Federalism of the University of Fribourg and focuses on research, international cooperation and knowledge exchange. Additionally the IRCC provides its expertise to States engaged in democratization or decentralisation processes in the form of consultancy, support for the strengthening of democracy, rule of law, power sharing and the protection of human or minority rights.

Advanced students of law, political sciences, economics or journalism are invited to submit their applications for the International Summer University by March 31, 2010.

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