JEF Presents: Federalist Academy

We are the Young European Federalists. But what is (European) federalism? In 2022, the Federalist Academy will deepen your understanding of federalist thinking.

We have three initiatives in store for you: an open online course on federalism, a Federalist Academy seminar in Prague, and an online library on federalism that we will build together along the way. This page is your hub for all the Federalist Academy resources!

Federalist Academy: Open online course

Throughout the year, JEF-Europe will host a series of thematic webinars on federalism. From history to political science, political philosophy and beyond, this open course will introduce you to the concept of federalism, and to applications of the idea at the European and global levels.

The series consists of sessions hosted by academic experts, and of interactive tutorial discussions hosted by federalist activists. Each 90-minute session is advertised as a separate event: you can join as many as you wish. However, if you join at least 75% of the sessions, you will receive a certificate of completing the course. The tutorial sessions are optional, and attendance at tutorials is not calculated into your attendance rate.

There are no required readings for the course, although speakers for individual sessions may suggest optional resources for further reading to deepen your knowledge. Ahead of the optional tutorials, you will have a chance to consider reflection questions related to the themes of the sessions: during the tutorials, you can share your thoughts with other participants.

The calendar of sessions is the following: (Zoom links will be sent to you by email:)

– 6 September at 18:30 CEST: “Federalism at global level: Visions of a world federation” with James Thompson, Co-convener of World Government Research Network
– 13 September at 18:30 CEST: Tutorial session together with Young World Federalists
– 29 September at 18:30 CEST: “Regional integration outside Europe: Following the federalist model?” with Fernando Iglesias, Co-President of World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy
– TBC: Federalism on the streets: European federalist organisations since WWII
– 10 October at 18:30 CEST: “Being a federalist: A personal testimony” with Richard Corbett and Pauline Gessant (JEF-Europe Presidents 1979/81 & 2011/15)
– 25 October at 18:30 CEST: “Federalism as a way to tackle 21st-century problems” with Yannis Karamitsios (author of “Time for a European federation: How Europe could remain relevant in the century of globalization, climate change and the fourth industrial revolution”)
– TBC: Tutorial & closure of the course

Federalist Academy: Online library

Throughout the year, JEF-Europe will assemble materials for an online library on federalism, including European and world federalism. The library will be accessible to JEF members, and to participants on the open online course.

We are open to your suggestions for resources to be added to the library. To suggest useful reading materials, videos and other resources, you can contact the JEF-Europe Treasurer Robin Mudry at

Federalist Academy: Seminar in Prague

An in-person seminar in Prague in the late autumn of 2022 will build on other Federalist Academy activities held throughout the year. The seminar will consolidate your understanding of federalism, and deepen your inspiration to join federalist campaign actions.

Participation in other Federalist Academy activities is not required in order to join the in-person seminar. Further information about the seminar, as well as the call for participants, will be published in due course.

If you have any question, feel free to contact:

Juuso Järviniemi, Vice-President

Robin Mudry, Treasurer

Helena Robert i Campos, Executive Board Member

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