Models of Self-Governance as Tools to Promote Peace and Stability in Europe

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 20, 2016 to Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Location: 
Triesenburg, Liechtenstein

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, will convene a colloquium, "Models of Self-Governance as Tools to Promote Peace and Stability in Europe," in Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, from March 20-22, 2016. The discussion among academics, experienced mediators and diplomats is aimed at considering new and innovative ways of thinking about self-determination that do not equate it with independence or secession, in particular, in the context of ongoing conflicts in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe area.

As numerous conflicts within States as well as frozen conflicts remain unresolved—including in Europe—an open debate about contentious self-determination claims is of continued urgency and relevance. To that end, the goal of the meeting is to explore the ongoing tensions between the principles of self-determination and territorial integrity, to explore ways of reconciling the two and to consider the possibilities for innovative application of the right of self-determination as a tool for conflict prevention and resolution. Key questions in the discussion include the relevance of the principle of self-determination in contemporary international law and international relations, and the difficulties in reconciling it with the principle of territorial integrity. In addition, the participants will assess emerging opportunities and challenges for the right of self-determination in its various forms during a time of changes in the international order.

Participation in the meeting is by invitation only, and discussions will be off the record.