Naples, Italy | Debate on Catalonia in Naples
The Spanish embassy in Italy puts pressure on the University of Naples to change the title of the academic debate and include a new speaker.
The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) together with the Frederic II University of Naples has organized today (30 June) an academic debate regarding the current situation in Catalonia.
Luca Bellizzi, representative of the Catalan government in Italy, welcomed guests and offered a brief explanation of the present political situation in Catalonia.
Professor of Constitutional Law, Gennaro Ferraiuolo, also welcomed participants on behalf of the university and expressed his surprise that the Spanish embassy in Italy had made them change the name of the debate. The original title was “Postcolonial self-determination and secession movements in Europe”, but it was changed to “The Catalan question”. Ferraiuolo explained, “They [the Spanish Embassy] didn’t want any references to international law.”.
Secessions within the Europan context: a constitutional approach
As well as the name change, the Spanish embassy also suggested that the university invite Josu de Miguel Bárcena, professor of Constitutional Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. A similar case occurred in a debate held a few months ago in Kraków, when the embassy placed a speaker from the group Societat Civil Catalana in the academic debates held there. Bárcena defends the position that regional secessions not contemplated under European legislation cannot take place within the EU.
Prospects for an independent Catalonia: identity, emotions and belonging
Montserrat Guibernau, visiting professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Cambridge University, replied by explaining that Catalonia has the status of a “permanent minority” and so it will never be able to change Spanish legislation.
The procedural way to self-determination. Right to decide from if to how
Francesco Palermo, chair of Comparative Constitutional Law at Verona University spoke about the necessary procedures for self-determination, whether the right to decide exists, and how to carry it out.
Courts and Conflicts in Multi-National Federal Contexts
Giuseppe Martinico, chair of Comparative Law at the Santa Anna Higher School in Pisa, spoke about conflicts and courts in multi-federal situations.
Territorial integrity in international law. Cardinal principle or empty box?
Enrico Milano, chair of International Law at the University of Verona, analyzed the validity and complexity of the principle of territorial integrity in international law.
The Self-Determination principle from a legal and political points of view: the Catalan case a prospective policy-oriented
Daniele Amoroso, researcher in International Law at the University of Naples, looked at the Catalan case, focussing on legal and political questions regarding self-determination and pointing out the pro-active role European bodies should take on as mediators in the conflict.
During the debate, the secretary of the Spanish embassy in Rome, Juan Claudio de Ramón, took the floor to explain the contents of a document they had given out to all the attendees explaining the official position of the Spanish government regarding the Catalan issue.
Fulvio M. Palombino, chair of International Law at the University of Naples, closed the event. He referred to the challenge the Catalan case poses and the need to look at it from an open, plural point of view. He also expressed his willingness to talk about this case again in the future.
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Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor established the University of Naples (in Italian: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II) as the Studium with an Imperial Charter, on 5 June 1224. In recognition of its founder, the university was named Federico II in 1987.
It is one of the oldest universities to be founded by a head of State. Although new universities have been established in Southern Italy and in the Campania region, student enrolment in Naples increased steadily in the Seventies and the early Eighties to over 100,000 making the University of Naples one of the largest in the country. Nowadays the university is made up of four schools, twenty-six departments, an academic staff of more than 3,000 individuals and an administrative staff of more than 4,500. Current student enrolment is still about 100,000.
The University is divided into 3 main campuses: Campus of science and technology that has its Center in the University complex of Monte Sant'Angelo, in the District of Soccavo; the humanities and Social Sciences Campus, which is located in the centre of Naples; and the Campus of the life sciences, which is based at the Clinical Hospital in Naples.
Last updated: 19 July 2016