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Are you interested in conflict resolution, multilevel governance and diversity questions? Do you want to know how the autonomy of the Åland Islands works and how the “Åland Example” and other cases are used as possible tool for conflict resolution? Apply for the Åland Islands Peace Institute’s digital course “Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management – Lessons from the Åland Example”, that will be offered in cooperation with the Open University on Åland. The application deadline is 25 September.

The Åland Islands Peace Institute together with the Open University on Åland offers since 2015 a university-level e-course on territorial autonomy, with the Åland Example as a main case study.

The course has been renewed and updated, and a new round of the course will be given autumn 2020 (19.10.2020-08.01.2021) with application deadline 25th September.

The course approaches territorial autonomy from an interdisciplinary perspective, discussing territorial autonomy from different perspectives, including self-determination, power-sharing and minority rights. It includes modules on security and demilitarisation and neutralisation, on the autonomy arrangements as well the cultural and linguistic safeguards pertaining to Åland. The course will also discuss the relevance of territorial autonomy as a possible tool for conflict resolution.

The course is based on international research and local experiences and contains interviews with among others the former members of the Finnish parliament Gunnar Jansson and Elisabeth Nauclér, and present Governor of Åland Peter Lindbäck.

The course language is English and participants from all over the world are welcome to register. The course is appropriate for university students and junior researchers but anyone who meets the basic requirements is welcome to apply. The course has a maximum of 20 participants.

Course responsible is Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Associate Professor of International Law and Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute with extensive teaching experience at inter alia the Uppsala University and the Åbo Akademi University.

"There is a great international interest in diversity questions, in the Åland Example and how territorial autonomy can be used as a tool for conflict resolution and diversity management. We receive questions from all over the world, including Kashmir and the South Caucasus. There is also curiosity in and about the Nordic countries and how autonomy solutions in the region work in practice. Not everyone who is interested has the possibility to come to Åland and in any case the Peace Institute does not have the capacity to receive everyone. So, this course is a way to share the knowledge we gather”, says Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark.

More information and instructions for registration can be found on here.

Register by sending an e-mail with the required information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (25 September 2020 at the latest).

Please contact main course teacher Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (sia[at]peace.ax) if you have questions about the content of the course, or Mirjam Lukola (mirjam[at]peace.ax), course administrative assistant on all other matters.