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Conference Report–The Inaugural ICON-S-IT Conference (Rome, November 23-24, 2018)

Maria Stella Bonomi, Post-Doctoral Scholar in Administrative Law, University of Roma Tre

The Inaugural Conference of the Italian Chapter of ICON-S was held in Rome on November 23-24, 2018 and focused on the theme of Unity and fragmentation within and beyond the State. The event was organized in cooperation with the National School of Public Administration (Scuola nazionale della Pubblica Amministrazione – SNA) – which hosted the Conference – and the Institute for research on public administration (Istituto di ricerche sulla pubblica amministrazione – IRPA).

The Inaugural Conference Organizing Committee was comprised of: Sabrina Bandera; Alessandro Baro; Stefano Battini; Maria Stella Bonomi; Marta Cartabia; Lorenzo Casini; Pietro Faraguna; Cristina Fasone; Angelo Mari; Giulio Napolitano; Marta Morvillo; Diletta Tega.

The conference had a remarkable success in terms of both participation and quality and attracted scholars from most Italian universities and research institutes, embracing all branches of public law. In particular, it featured:

  • 400 participants, both scholars and practitioners
  • 85 universities, both Italian and foreign
  • 2 plenary sessions
  • 65 parallel panels, with more than 250 papers presented, by both seniors and junior scholars.

The first plenary session concerned the independence of central banks as a constitutional principle, with the participation of Joseph H.H. Weiler (New York University), Chiara Zilioli (European Central Bank) and Roberto Bin (University of Ferrara). The second plenary session focused on the history of Italy and its connection with global culture, with the participation of Sabino Cassese (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), Andrea Giardina (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) and Maria Rosaria Ferrarese (University of Cagliari).

The parallel panels dealt with a wide range of topics, among which the evolution of the concept of sovereignty; the relationship between international and domestic legal systems; migration, identification of national borders and border control; freedom of movement within and beyond the State; nationalism, populism and constitutional powers; the proliferation and fragmentation of the sources of law and regulation. The panels had a great success and participation. After the paper presentations, stimulating discussions between panelists and auditors allowed a fruitful exchange.

Here is the link to the conference programme:


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