Vés enrere Our Last Research Forum Session of the Academic Year 22-23!

Our Last Research Forum Session of the Academic Year 22-23!


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Don't miss the last Research Forum session of the academic year 2022-2023!

The Department of Political and Social Sciences invites DCPIS members, PhD, and Master students, and beyond to this interesting session on the Clarity Act in Canada and possible lessons for the Catalan-Spain Debate.

It will be hosted by Marc Sanjaume, Professor in Political Theory at UPF, and also currently the coordinator of the scientific group on the Clarity Act in Catalonia. Join us!


PresentationPast the Québec Referendum: Lessons from the Canadian Clarity Act in the Context of the Catalonia-Spain Debate

Speaker: Félix Mathieu, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg (Canada)

Chair: Marc Sanjaume-Calvet, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Research Group: Political Theory)

Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2023

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm CEST

Room: 40.035 - Sala de graus A.Calsamiglia

Building: Roger de Llúria, Ciutadella Campus


This will be a hybrid event that you can attend in person or online.

Zoom Link: https://upf-edu.zoom.us/j/99102827628 

Meeting ID: 991 0282 7628


More details about the presentation:

As experts and politicians are debating the potential value of adopting a Catalan “Clarity Act,” what lessons can we draw from the experience of Québec-Canada dynamics? This session aims at exploring the normative rationale of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1998 Reference re Secession of Québec. In doing so, the Court’s decision will be mobilized to critically assess the scope and impacts of the Clarity Act adopted in 2000 by the Canadian Parliament. It suggests that if the argument developed by the Court is of great value and might serve as an inspiring framework in the Catalan-Spanish debate, that the Clarity Act rather produced a serious federalism deficit and should not be emulated stricto sensu.


About the speaker:

Félix Mathieu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg (Canada) and is currently visiting scholar and lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is also co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science. His work focuses on the theory and practice of federalism, nationalism, and the management of diversity in a comparative perspective. He is the author of Taking Pluralism Seriously: Complex Societies Under Scrutiny (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022), and Constitutionalism v Diversity: Essays on Federal Democracy (with Dave Guénette, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2023).



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