Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies Three Day Symposium: “How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State”

Event time: 
Friday, October 30, 2020 - 9:00am
Zoom Session See map
Event description: 

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies is pleased to host the upcoming symposium, “How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State.”

In this three-day online symposium, leading scholars and activists from around the world will explore how democratic values and institutions can evolve and adapt to the growing challenges that are now destabilizing democratic nation states, such as climate change, resurgent nationalism, ethnic and religious conflict, human rights abuses, and deepening levels of economic inequality.

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Friday, October 30

9:00 – 10:00 am:  Final Plenary Address

10:00 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Cosmopolitan Democracy and UN Reform - Moderator: Augusto Lopez-Claros, Global Governance Forum

  • “What Was Political About the Historic World Federalist Movement?” - Joseph Preston Baratta, Worcester State University
  • “A UN Parliamentary Assembly as a Starting Point for a World Parliament” - Andreas Bummel, Democracy Without Borders
  • “United Nations Charter Review: Reconstructing Article 109 Par 3 Towards Global Constitutionalization” - S. M. Sharei, Center for UN Constitutional Research

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 pm:  The Future of Democratic Federalism - Moderator: Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

  • “Europe as a Lab for Supranational Democracy” - Susanna Cafaro, EU Law Professor at Università del Salento, Jean Monnet Chair in “Legal Theory of European Integration: a Supranational Democracy Model?”
  • “Themes from a League of Democracies: Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods” - John J. Davenport, Fordham University
  • “Open Democracy Beyond Borders” - Hélène Landemore, Yale University
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public