Executive Training Seminar - Protecting Liberal Democracy in Illiberal Times: Policy Experiences from Europe, Latin America and Africa

Location
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, European University Institute
Florence
Italy
Date
End Date

Abstract:

A significant number of regional, international and global organisations across the globe have equipped themselves with mechanisms for protecting democracy and the rule of law, assuming liberal representative democracy as a standard condition for membership. Today, organisations such as the European Union, the Organization of American States, and the African Union are increasingly challenged by the rise of populist political discourses and the coexistence of a variety of authoritarianisms and defective democracies in their regions of influence. Participants in this Executive Training Seminar will acquire first-hand knowledge about the substantive content of the different mechanisms for the protection of democracy in regional organisations in Europe, America and Africa. They will also actively learn about the internal functioning of these organisations and the policy effects of their application by examining concrete case studies. Throughout the Executive Training Seminar, participants will have the opportunity to network with a set of top officials and experts from regional and international organisations, such as the African Union and Organization of American States, as well as with senior practitioners from NGOs and like-minded colleagues from all over the world.

15 November 2017
Chair Carlos Closa Montero | EUI and IPP
9.00 - 9.30 Institutional Greetings and Presentation of the Executive Training
Seminar
Renaud Dehousse | President of the European University Institute
Miguel Poiares Maduro | Director of the School of Transnational Governance
9.30 - 11.00 Key Note Speech
Suspending States from Regional Organisations for Breaches of Human
Rights and Democracy: Is the Practice Legitimate?
Alison Duxbury | Melbourne Law School
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break (Sala Bandiere)
11.30 - 13.00 The Role of the Organization of American States in Recent Democratic
Crises in the Americas
Luis Almagro | Secretary General of the Organization of American States
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch (Sala Bandiere)
14.00 - 15.30 Training Session: Is the Right to Democracy Enforceable? Focus on Hard
Cases in the Interamerican System
Stefano Palestini | Freie Universität Berlin
15.30 - 17.00 Mercosur’s and Unasur’s Mechanisms to Handle Democratic Crises in
South America
Antonio de Aguiar Patriota | Brasilian Embassy in Rome
17.00 - 17.30 Coffee break (Sala Bandiere)
17.30 - 19.00 Training Session: Shopping around for Democracy-Protection: the
Overlap between OAS, UNASUR and MERCOSUR
Stefano Palestini | Freie Universität Berlin

16 November 2017
Chair Carlos Closa Montero | EUI and IPP
9.00 - 10.30 Focus on the African Union
| African Union (tbc)
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break (Sala Bandiere)
11.00 - 12.30 Training Session: The African Union and Democratic Consolidation in
Africa: Bridging the Gaps between Policy and Actions
Samuel Oloruntoba | University of South Africa
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch (Canteen Villa Schifanoia)
13.30 - 15.00 ECOWAS Democratic Governance Trends: Opportunities and Prospects
Eyesan Okorodudu | Economic Community of West African States
(ECOWAS)
15.00 - 16.30 Training Session: Consolidating Democracy in West Africa: the ECOWAS
Experience
Babatunde Afolabi | Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

17 November 2017
Chair Carlos Closa Montero| EUI and IPP
9.00 - 10.30 A Focus on the European Union
Danuta Hübner | European Parliament
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break (Sala Bandiere)
11.00 - 12.30 Training Session: Learning from Past and Present Failures to Prevent
Illiberal Regimes from Consolidating within the EU
Laurent Pech | MiddleSex University London
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch (Sala Bandiere)
13.30 - 15.30 Round Table:
Protecting Liberal Democracy in Illiberal Times: Policy Experiences
from Europe, Latin America and Africa
15.30 - 16.00 Final Remarks and Award of Certificates
16.00 - 17.00 Farewell Cocktail (Sala Bandiere)