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03: Demography and Democracy

Congress Centrum Alpbach
Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
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European societies are ageing fast while fertility rates are historically low. And yet, not only is there an unwillingness to accept migrants from outside Europe, but most migrants living in Europe are also politically disenfranchised. What are the implications of this demographic change for elections? How does this shift interact with the current crises facing democracy?

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia
Rector, Institute for Human Sciences; Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Array Ivan KRASTEV

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia

 Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. In 2018-2019 Ivan is appointed as the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress. His latest books in English are 'After Europe' (UPenn Press, May 2017) 'Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest' (UPenn Press, May 2014); 'In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders?' (TED Books, 2013). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book 'The Light that Failed' (with Penguin) on perils of the politics of imitation.

Dr. Shalini RANDERIA

Rector, Institute for Human Sciences; Member of the Steering Committee, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

B.A. (with distinction), Psychology, University of Delhi M.A. (with distinction), Sociology/Social Anthropology, University of Delhi M. Phil. (with distinction), Sociology, University of Oxford Lecturer, Sociology, University of Delhi Lecturer, Sociology, University of Bombay Lecturer (Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben), Social Anthropology and Modern Indian languages, Free University of Berlin Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Berlin Ph.D. ("Politics of Exchange and Representation among the Dalits of Gujarat/western India"; summa cum laude), Social Anthropology, Free University of Berlin Assistant Professor, Sociology, Free University of Berlin Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study), Berlin Max Weber Professor (Visiting Professorship), University of Munich Member, Working Group on "Civil society: historical and comparative perspectives", WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin Habilitation ("Local Refractions of global governance: legal plurality, international institutions, the post-colonial state and NGOs in India"), Sociology and Anthropology, Free University Berlin Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU - Central European University, Budapest Professor, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich Research Professor, WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin Visiting Professor, EHESS - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris Fellow, Lichtenbergkolleg (Institute of Advanced Study), University of Göttingen Visiting Professor, WZB - Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung, Berlin Peter-Ustinov Professor (Visiting Professorship), University of Vienna Professor, Department of Social Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Mercator Fellow (visiting professorship at the Free University, Berlin as part of the SFB 700 Governance in Spaces of Limited Statehood) Research Director, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva Rector, Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna
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Political and Legal Symposium

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17:00 - 18:30Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary


09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic IncomeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019 Ein Weckruf für Europa!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: How Can Africa and Europe Work Together?Plenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner


10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Civil Society in Times of UpheavalPartner
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary