It is undeniable that the Covid-19 health emergency has affected relations between State and Regions. At the present stage the tensions linked to the health emergency have in fact brought to light a problem that has never been fully resolved. We refer to the absence within the parliamentary body of the “voices” of the various territorial parts of the Italian State, in particular that of the Regions; and to the fact that such absence involves the risk of aggravating already existing fractures. Today the problematic nature of the relationship between parliamentary representation and territorial pluralism is particularly evident, as well as the need to identify the most suitable way to reach shared choices between the state and regional level of competence. The idea of “unity” in art. 5 of the Italian Constitution should in fact involve the grafting of territorial pluralism in the central decision-making bodies and not be the result of the central political orientation alone.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!