ICON-S Annual Conference: 'Public Law in Times of Change?' - Pontificio Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 1-3 July 2019

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Finding it a challenge deciding what to attend at ICON-S this year? We’ve sifted through the programme - including no less than 213 panels - to find those related to democratic decay and renewal. Scroll down to view or download a PDF version of the Guide below.

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CfP: Workshop on 'European Responses to the Decay of the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protections in Turkey: Exceptional or symptomatic?' - Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 29-30 August 2019

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Deadline: 29 March 2019

Today we witness the gradual entrenchment of policies and practices in a number of European states that run counter to the foundational tenets upon which the very idea of Europe as a political project rest. The limits and capacities of European intergovernmental institutions to respond to systemic violations of human rights, the decay in the rule of law and the weakening of democracy are being tested. The Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU) appear to be unprepared, ill-equipped or reluctant to produce rapid and effective responses.

Media freedom and populism in the context of the rule of law - Central European University, Hungary, 7 March 2019

March 7, 2019, 14.30-18.30

Central European University

Budapest, Nádor utca 9, Popper Room

A global revival of populism can be observed in the recent years. Is the governments' populistic rhetoric in necessary correlation with a backslide in the rule of law? Populism is often coupled with official state propaganda, which entails suppression of media freedom and pluralism. The new media environment offers new tools to manipulate the audience with disinformation, targeted political advertising, and aggressive dissemination techniques. How do these impact the democratic process and the rule of law?

CES Special Event: '25 Years of Studying the Far Right: Reflections on the Fourth Wave' - Harvard University, USA, 9 November 2018

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November 9, 2018

10:00am - 12:00pm

Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

Cas Mudde is a celebrated scholar of populism and extremism in European party systems. His work on the topic precedes the recent surge of support far right parties have seen across many Western democracies. In this talk, Mudde will discuss how the study of the far right has evolved over his academic career, and how changes in the field have intersected with changes in real world electoral politics, including the rise of populism.

'Confronting Illiberalism: The Role of the Media, Civil Society and Universities' - Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford, 9 October 2018

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Confronting Illiberalism: The role of the Media, Civil Society and Universities

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kate O'Regan, Helen Mountfield QC and others

Week:MT109 Oct 2018, 9:15AM to 5:30PM


Conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Debate: Democracy & "The People" - Palais de l'Europe, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 19 September 2018

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On 19 September 2018, to mark the International Day of Democracy, the Directorate General of Democracy and the Conference of INGOs are organising a debate entitled: Democracy & “The People”, aiming to re-assert the value of our democratic institutions based on individual human rights, civic participation in public decision-making and the rule of law.

'Challenges to EU Law and Governance in the Member States' - EUI, Florence, Italy, 8 June 2018

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Eurosceptic and nationalist forces have been gaining ground in many Member States. The ideal
of an ever closer union, built on fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, has been shaken
by the UK’s decision to leave the EU and by illiberal democratic developments in Hungary and
Poland. The free movement of citizens, economic migration and the influx of third-country
refugees tend to be particularly controversial in the Member States.

'Democracy in Reverse: Patterns of Autocratization in Eastern Europe and Eurasia' - University of Tartu, Estonia, 19 October 2018

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Application deadline: 15 May 2018

In what ways can we compare and better understand patterns of autocratization in the postcommunist world? Autocratization can be seen as a process, in which democratic institutions, rights and practices are curtailed or undermined – to the point, of course, where an autocratic regime takes hold.

'Is Democracy Broken?' - Latrobe University, Melbourne, 25 October 2018

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Six changes in the office of Australian Prime Minister in the space of ten years and three parliaments; have we entered a new political normal where the convention of PM is changing, or is this a symptom of a broader political malaise?

Dual Walkley award winner journalist Tony Walker joins liberal party strategist Mark Textor, Labor heavyweight Geoff Walsh, Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy and Roy Morgan pollster Michele Levine to dissect the business of politics and undertake a warts-and-all examination of the Australian political system.

DEM-DEC Launch - Panel: 'Is Democracy Decaying Worldwide? And What Can We Do About It?', University of Melbourne, 22 October 2018

Following its virtual launch on 25 June 2018, DEM-DEC will be formally launched with a panel and reception at the University of Melbourne on Monday 22 October at 6.30-8.30pm.

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Panel: 'Is Democracy Decaying Worldwide? And What Can We Do About It?'

Are you concerned about threats to democracy in states worldwide including the USA, France, Poland, India, Japan, or Brazil, the emergence of dictatorship in states such as Venezuela - or want to know how Australia fits in this global picture?

Join us for a panel discussing the challenge posed by the global deterioration of democratic rule, to mark the launch of a new online tool developed by Dr Tom Daly to help researchers and policymakers understand and address this threat: the Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC) at www.democratic-decay.org.

Seminar: 'Authoritarian and Abusive Constitutionalism in Latin America' - Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 25-26 October 2018

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The event is the second edition of an academic and judicial meeting focused on the study of Latin American constitutionalism.

This version of the seminar will be devoted to the different constitutionalism in Latin America, with special concern on the existence of liberal constitutionalism in some countries in the region.