On Saturday, 16th of March, at 11:00 a.m. at Fusolab 2.0, will start the co-planning process of the “Local Action Plan of the Collaboratorio of Rome”. The activity represents a fundamental stage of the Horizon2020 Open Heritage project, which investigate and test in six EU cities sustainable and inclusive governance models for the reuse of cultural heritage in cities.
Open Heritage promotes an open definition of the concept of cultural heritage, including all the sites which, while being in a state of abandonment or under-utilization, have not only a practical but also a symbolic meaning for the reference communities. Those sites, which have strong potential in terms of social and economic development and growth for the territory, can be targeted by local communities to host activities which require the participation of all stakeholders in the area: citizens, NGOs, local government representatives, research institutions and private enterprises companies that can help define sustainable and innovative action lines and business models. In this way, it will be possible to transform territory challenges into real opportunities for social and economic growth, as well as actions that facilitate cohesion, integration and sustainable development of the territories.
Coordinated by the LUISS LabGov team, the meeting will be open to all stakeholders active in the Alessandrino-Centocelle-Torre Spaccata district, that want to participate in defining the mission, objectives and strategies of the “Local Action Plan”, as well as creating a shared agenda to structure the activities that will start in the following months.
On 14 & 15 March, the Asser Institute Center for International and European LAW in The Hague is hosting an international conference on the internationalisation of cities: Cities and international law in the Urban Age. The conference is part of Asser’s research project on global cities and international law, ‘The Global City: The Role of Law, Then and Now’. The conference co-chairs, Helmut Aust (Freie Universität Berlin), Janne Nijman (T.M.C. Asser Instituut/University of Amsterdam) are working on a book project on this topic and the conference is gathering chapters’ authors to discuss preliminary drafts of their contribution. The conference supported by the Municipality of The Hague and the Gieskes Strijbis Foundation and benefits moreover from close contacts with the International Law Association’s Study Group ‘The Role of Cities in International Law’ .
LabGovs’ researchers Christian Iaione and Elena De Nictolis will contribute with a chapter on The Role of Cities in Global Urban Health Governance, named “Glocalized Laws for a Commons-based Urban welfare State”. The chapter investigates the role of cities in the institutional and regulatory framework of global health governance. The chapter proposes an empirical analysis of international and EU case studies of policies calling upon cities to improve urban health and welfare and provides innovative legal and financing tools for urban health infrastructures.
The conference gather a pool of scholars dealing with a number of cross-cutting issues regarding the relationship between cities and the international law and global governance. The conference hosted a keynote speech by the prominent scholar Yshai Blank (Professor of Law and the Head of the Ph.D. Program at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law). Among the many panels, the Panel V. The changing relationship between Cities, States and International Law chaired by Dimitri van den Meerssche hosts contribution by LabGov Georgetown scholars Sheila Foster and Chrystie Swiney The Urbanization of International Legal Relations and contribution by Eduard Fromageau on the Role of Cities in Global Administrative Law, (a field where the Italian legal scholar Sabino Cassese is a leading scholar). The contribution by Professor Barbara Oomen (Utrecht University, project leader of the Cities of Refuge project) on Cities, Refugees and Migration in Panel III highlighted the role of cities in securing human rights protection, analyzing several case studies such as Barcelona, which is investing considerable efforts towards implementation of human rights through a strategy based on supporting urban commons.