New Article: "Parliamentary scrutiny as a function of interparliamentary cooperation among subnational parliaments" by Annegret Eppler and Andreas Maurer in: The Journal of Legislative Studies, Published online: 23 Jun 2017 (Link)



New Article: "Exploring the role of territorial actors in cross-border regions" by Melanie Plangger in: Territory, Politics, Governance, Published online: 13 Jun 2017 (Link)


Viel Aufregung und Diskussion gab es über die "großen" Freihandelsverträge TTIP und CETA in den letzten Jahren. Zu Recht. Allerdings wurden bisher schon unzählige Freihandelsverträge zwischen kleineren Staaten des Südens und Ostens und dem industrialisierten Norden geschlossen, die mit fairem Handel wenig zu tun hatten und auch Schiedsgerichtsklauseln enthielten.
Podiumsdiskussion mit Prof. Andreas Maurer, Moderation: Eva Lichtenberger
Datum: Montag, 19. Juni 2017
Ort: Haus der Begegnung, Rennweg Innsbruck
Zeit: 19:00 - 21:00
Eine Veranstaltung der Grünen Bildungswerkstatt Tirol 


Prof. Andreas Maurer @ The State of the Union, Florenz

Kommentar auf von unserem ICER-Member Michael Wolf:


"Demokratie braucht innovative Ideen"


Prof. Andreas Maurer zur Zukunft der EU in der Tiroler Tageszeitung vom 25. März 2017:


"In Europa wäre schon jetzt viel mehr möglich"





Selected students from the three Universities – Bolzano/Bozen, Innsbruck and Trento -, will have the occasion to present and discuss the results of their final thesis or their seminar papers on issues related to EU integration with their peers and their supervisors as volunteers in a cross-border and inter-disciplinary workshop.

The first workshop was held in Trento on 23-24 November 2016 (Link),

the second workshop will be held in Innsbruck on 11-12 May 2017.


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The Innsbruck Center for European Research (ICER), housed within the Department for Political Science at the University of Innsbruck, brings together research and university teaching facilities on European integration and European Union studies. ICER aims to strengthen the critical and multidisciplinary analysis of the EU, examine the EU’s frameworks for poly-archic, multi-level and –actor governance, provide a forum to stimulate the development of innovative analytical tools and teaching resources, increase the accessibility of information sources on the EU, and to stimulate the debate and research on the EU. The Center is an integral part of Innsbruck University’s Research Center “Governance and Civil Society”, and cooperates with the Research Centers “Föderalismus – Politik und Recht” and the Research Cluster “Alpiner Raum - Mensch und Umwelt“.


Research carried out by ICER focuses on three core subjects:


Development of and theorizing the EU's primary law and its related socio-political bases


Decision-making processes, negotiation strategies and conceptual problems regarding the implementation of EU policies

  • Balancing EMU and reforming European Economic and Social Policy
  • Common Agriculture Policy and structural reforms in the alpine regions
  • International Agreements and the EU’s Common Commercial Policies
  • European Environmental Policy
  • Linking the Open Method of Coordination with traditional, legally binding instruments
  • Consistency of supranational and intergovernmental structures, instruments and processes in the EU's external relations
  • Balancing Security, Freedom, Civil Rights and Justice in EU Justice and Home affairs

Policy preferences of state and civil-society actors in the EU member states