New Year Message from the Secretary General of the Association of Schools 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As 2014 draws to a close I would like to thank you all for the splendid work you do to promote a culture of democratic values and human rights among future leaders of your countries and no doubt of Europe too.

For many of you this must feel like a Sisyphean task as we witness the rise of extremist parties and “illiberal democracy” across a growing number of countries Europe wide.

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Free Ilgar Mammadov now say Schools of Political Studies heads 

The Azerbaijan authorities must immediately release Ilgar Mammadov, Director of the Baku School of Political Studies, following the definitive ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that his arrest and detention since 2013 breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

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The Association of Schools of Political Studies: a network for democracy in the 21st century

In 2008, an association was created in Stras-bourg to develop the network of Schools of Political Studies in Europe and in the world. Its main objectives are to allow its members to develop their activities, to strengthen their ties beyond any devides and build together democratic societies based on a political culture characterised by pluralism, tolerance and dialogue.

Strengthening the regional dimension for the Schools in the South Mediterranean

The Schools of Political Studies of Morocco and Tunisia have joined their forces to develop a regional dimension for the Schools in the South Mediterranean. Two regional seminars have been organised so far. They have become an annual platform for exchanges and debates between civil society activists, academics, and experts in the fields of political science and human rights on key challenges to the consolidation of democratic processes in the region.

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Latest news
19/01/2015 The 8th issue of the Schools of Political Studies Newsletter now available
This quarterly Newsletter provides up-to-date information on the activities of the Council of Europe’s Schools of Political Studies Network. It serves as a tool for the Schools themselves, but also provides useful information to friends and supporters of the Schools.
09/12/2014 Second regional seminar for the Schools in the Southern Mediterranean (Marrakesh, 28-29 November 2014)
“Standards and tools to institutionalise policies of diversity in the Southern Mediterranean. For a negotiated transition towards democratic pluralism and human rights strengthening in the countries of the region”
24/11/2014 The EASPS Annual General Meeting votes a new name for the Association
On the margins of the third Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy, the Annual General Meeting of the European Association of the Schools of Political Studies took place on Tuesday 4 November 2014 and was chaired by Catherine Lalumière.


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