Dr Andrew Banfield, Head of the ANU School of Politics and International Relations, and Dr Tracy B Fenwick, Director of the Australian Centre for Federalism, have welcomed guests from around Australia and the world to the 2018 International Association of Centers for Federal Studies.
Held in Canberra this year, a city at the heart of Australian federalism, the conference features a stellar line up of Australian and international experts, including Professor John Wanna, Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration at ANU. Participants have travelled to Canberra from institutions in the United States, Canada, Spain, France, South Africa, Germany and Nepal.
This year’s conference explores the theme of the purpose and potential of contemporary federal systems.
The three day event features a special presentation by David de Carvalho, former head of the 2015 White Paper on Federation Reform, and a Keynote address by Professor Arthur Benz, from Technische Universitat in Germany. Researcher Maja Sahadžic from the University of Antwerp, and this year’s recipient of the Association’s Ronald Watts Young Researcher Award will be recognised, and will give a presentation on constitutional asymmetry and the Middle East peace process.
The three day conference concludes Saturday with a special tour of the Museum of Australian Democracy by Professor Paul Pickering of ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, and a reception dinner.