Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated on 15-16 September 2016 in the international conference “Minority Rights, Self-Government and the Law” organised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Sweden) and the Faculty of Law at Liverpool University (UK). The conference themes touched upon theoretical as well as practical aspects of minority protection and self-government and looked at cases studies from Europe, the Nordic region, Turkey and the Middle East. Dr Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke on “Territorial Autonomy Now and Then” reviewing debates and legal instruments on territorial autonomy at the international level in particular at the early 20th century.
On 27-28 September 2016 Dr Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark participated in an international conference on “Shared Societies” organised in Berlin by the Robert Bosch Academy at the initiative of its Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow Mohammad Darawshe, in cooperation with the organization Givat Haviva (Israel). Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark spoke about the experiences of coping with difference in Europe, in particular as understood under the Framework Convention on the Protection of Persons belonging to National Minorities.