Mr. Tenzin Norgay, Fellow, represented the Tibet Policy Institute at the 7th Winter School on Federalism and Governance. The two-week long program is a common project of the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism of the European Academy (EURAC) Bolzano/Bozen and the Faculty of Law and the School of Political Science and Sociology of the University of Innsbruck. The current edition of the school conducted from 1-12 February 2016 focused on “conflict and cooperation in federal systems”. The participants employed a multidisciplinary (primarily legal and political science theories) and comparative perspective to analyze federalism, regionalism and multi-level governance in a state.
The program covered a wide range of theories and case studies from around the world. The 26 participants from 18 countries converging at the Innsbruck University and the European Academy (Bozen) provided their academic and experiential perspectives for an in-depth discussion and debate on the topic.
Mr. Norgay shared his research findings on the Sino-Tibetan conflict and argued the case for genuine autonomy for Tibet for settlement of the Sino-Tibetan conflict. During his presentation at the Innsbruck University on 4 February, he fielded many pertinent questions from the audience regarding governance in China and Tibet in particular. Arguing for China, Ms. Han Zhai, a doctoral candidate at the Tilburg University in the Netherlands, presented the Chinese perspective on the constitutional identity of China during the groups’ meeting at the European Academy in Bolzano/Bozen.