Governance in diverse societies

This research line deals with legal challenges to governance in diverse societies in general, and divided societies in particular. Diversity in societies, composed of members with different national, cultural, religious, regional and/or ethnic identities, poses challenges to governance related to:

  • ​access to the territory, legal residence and citizenship, especially against the backdrop of growing international mobility and migration,
  • the notion of citizenship as the principal condition for full access to rights and benefits,
  • demands for recognition of group identity, minority rights, and cultural rights, and​
  • threats of secession and territorial integrity. 

The core question is: how does diversity impact on the state organization and on the principles that govern the relations between public institutions, individuals and groups?