Institut für Föderalismus
Faculté de droit


Dies academicus 2015

Honours conferred on Wossen Aregay for his Doctoral Dissertation «Verwaltete Vielfalt. Ist der Nationalitätenstaat die Antwort auf den Pluralismus? Eine rechtstheoretische Analyse und ihre Veranschaulichung am äthiopischen Beispiel».

Wossen Aregay, former doctoral student of Prof. Eva Maria Belser, was awarded the Prince of Liechtenstein Prize as well as the Vigener Prize for his excellent doctoral. The awards were conferred on 14 November 2015 at the Dies Academicus of the University of Fribourg.

Wossen Aregay's doctoral thesis deals with the fundamental question of whether a multinational state is the answer to deal with ethnic plurality? With his original and meticulous analysis, he shows that the model of the multinational state does have a collective identity, without the central and authoritative elements being challenged as such. Aregay's findings will not only contribute to the debate in Ethiopia but also for international federalism research.

The Prince of Liechtenstein Prize which has been awarded since 1993, sponsored by Prince Franz Josef II and carries a prize of CHF 10,000 is awarded every two years for excellent scientific research that deals with the christian world and christian perspective. The Joseph Vigener prizes have been awarded since 1908 for excellent master or doctoral thesis.

The dissertation from Wossen Aregay appeard in the publication series «Publications of the Institute of Federalism Fribourg Switzerland» and can be ordered at Buch Stämpfli.