Günther Pallaver, Dr. jur. et Dr. phil., is em. university professor of political science with a focus on media and communication at the University of Innsbruck. After studying at the universities of Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Verona and London, he was a full-time journalist. He has been a member of the Italian Chamber of Journalists (Ordine dei giornalisti) since 1991. He currently works as a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism/Eurac Research in Bozen-Bolzano (Italy).