Course description

In this course you will join experts from around the world to examine local and regional changes affecting the management of the politics and policies of cross border regions and transboundary people. We will explore the challenges and opportunities in managing cross-border regions using case-studies such as The Pacific Coast Cascadian cross-border region. Professionals from the Mission Operationnelle Transfrontaliere, the Association of European Border Regions, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, and the University of Western Washington Border Policy Research Institute, as well as leading legal and policy experts will lead workshopped discussions, presentations, and practicum sessions. 

Special guest instructors

  • Ben Rohrbaugh, Robert Strauss Center for Intl. Security and Law (Strauss Center)
  • Jean Peyrony, Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT)
  • Martin Pratt, Bordermap Consulting
  • Birte Wassenberg, Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Strasbourg) at Strasbourg University, France
  • Martin Guillermo-Ramirez, Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)
  • Ricardo Ferreira, European Commission's Department for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)
  • Laurie Trautman, Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University (WWU)
  • Matt Morrison, Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER)
  • Bernard Reitel, Artois University, France
  • Nathalie Verschelde, European Commission's Department for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO)
  • Joanna Kurowska-Pysz, WSB University, Poland

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the radically changing nature of borders, the forces driving such change, and the impact on traditional legal and regulatory regimes governing cross-border trade and travel.
  • Summarize the border origins in Europe in the 20th century and describe current governance, geopolitical processes, and operations of EU borders.
  • Identify current obstacles hampering border operational effectiveness.
  • Compare different regional and collaborative responses to COVID-19 border restrictions enacted by the US and Canada.
  • Describe Indigenous nations, governance systems, and social, economic and collaborative networks

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
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