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15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public Order

Breakout / The EU and its Partners
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Liberty is a necessary requirement for security on the institutional as well as individual level. The connecting tissue between liberty and security is the political order and its defence. In what ways is our contemporary political order in jeopardy? What must be done to maintain it? To what extent can the military play an active role in guaranteeing freedom and security in Europe?

Gender & Human Rights Advisor, European Union Training Mission Mali, Bamako
Senior Researcher, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna
Professor, Department of Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna
Security Policy Advisor, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna Chair
Policy Officer, Defence Policy Division, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna Comment
Adjutant, Office of the Austrian Federal President, Vienna Conclusion


Gender & Human Rights Advisor, European Union Training Mission Mali, Bamako

 Melissa Mujanayi works as desk officer for the Africa policy in the Directorate for Security Policy at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence. Her focus is on the cooperation with African partner countries as well as the whole of government coordination in the security and development nexus. Ms. MUJANAYI holds a Master’s degree in political science and studied international development at the University of Vienna. Currently she is deployed as Human Rights and Gender Advisor to the European Union Training Mission in Mali.

Daniela PISOIU

Senior Researcher, oiip - Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna

 Dr. Daniela Pisoiu is Senior Researcher at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs with a PhD from the University of St Andrews, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. She has been researching on the topics of radicalisation, Islamist and right-wing extremism and terrorism in Europe and in Germany and Austria in particular, counterterrorism, and PVE/CVE for more than 10 years. She is member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (EU) editorial board, author of Islamist Radicalisation in Europe: An Occupational Change Process, co-author of Theories of Terrorism. Co-editor of Contemporary Debates on Terrorism and editor of Arguing Counterterrorism: New Perspectives, among others.

DDr. Christian M. STADLER

Professor, Department of Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna

1989 Magisterium, Rechtswissenschaften, Universität Wien
1990 Doktorat, Rechtswissenschaften, Universität Wien
1992 Univ.Ass., Institut für Rechtsphilosophie, Universität Wien
1994 Magisterium, Philosophie und Germanistik, Universität Wien
Ordentlicher Präsenzdienst beim Österreichischen Bundesheer (FMTS)
1996 Doktorat, Philosophie, Universität Wien
1997 Promotion sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae zum Doktor der Philosophie, Universität Wien
1998 Aufnahme in die Wissenschaftskommission des BMLVS, Wien
1999 Vortragstätigkeit, Theresianischen Militärakademie, Wiener Neustadt
Vortragstätigkeit, Landesverteidigungsakademie, Wiener Neustadt
2000 Habilitation, Rechtsphilosophie, Universität Wien
Ao.Univ.Prof., Rechtsphilosophie, Universität Wien
2002 Vortragender, Generalstabslehrgang, Österreichisches Bundesheer, Wien
2005 Vortragender, Strategischen Führungslehrgang, Österreichisches Bundesheer, Wien
2006 Projekt „eLaw-Tune-In“ 4-jähriges eLearning-Projekt, Universität Wien
2009 Lehrtätigkeit, Sicherheitsakademie des Bundes, Wien
2010 FFG-KIRAS-Projekt: SKILL - Rechtsethische GSK-Studie
FFG-KIRAS-Projekt: SafeCon - Rechtsethische GSK-Studie
2011 Vortragstätigkeit, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Wien
Expertenrat für Integration, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Wien
2013 FFG-KIRAS-Projekt: RelCon .- Rechtsethische GSK-Studie
FFG-KIRAS-Projekt: FlexDetect - Rechtsethische GSK-Studie
Abteilungsleiter, Polemologie und Rechtsethik, Institut für Rechtsphilosophie, Landesverteidigungsakademie, Wien
2014 Migrationsrat für Österreich, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Wien
2016 Migrationskommission, Bundesministerium für Inneres, Wien
2017 FFG-KIRAS-Projekt: Ambos - Rechtsethische GSK-Studie

Mag. Leyla DASKIN

Security Policy Advisor, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

2011-2014 BA, Political Science, Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and University of Vienna
2012 Austrian Embassy in Brazil, Brasilia
2014 U.S. Mission to the UN and IAEA in Vienna
2015 European Parliament, Brussels
2015-2016 Master's Degree, MLitt Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews
since 2016 Directorate for Security Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

MA Mag. Daniel WURM

Policy Officer, Defence Policy Division, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna

2002-2005 Ausbildung zum Offizier an der Theresianischen Militärakademie in Wiener Neustadt;
2009-2017 Studium der Philosophie. Aktuell Doktorand der Philosophie. Zahlreiche Verwendungen im nationalen und internationalen Bereich, u.a. Einsätze in Afghanistan und Tschad.
2014-2017 Verwendung im NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Belgien.
seit 2017 Referent in der Abteilung Verteidigungspolitik in der Direktion für Sicherheitspolitik im Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung


Adjutant, Office of the Austrian Federal President, Vienna

 Thomas Starlinger began his career with the Austrian Armed Forces in 1981. Following officer training at the Theresian Military Academy at Wiener Neustadt, he served in Upper Austria from 1985 to 1993, with what was then 43rd Militia Training Regiment, as instructing officer, company commander, head of the personnel section and public information officer.In 1987 Thomas Starlinger was deployed abroad for the first time, joining the Austrian battalion of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria. Other international deployments included an assignment in 1991 with the UNIIMOG mission in Iran as the construction supervisor and liaison officer of the Austrian field hospital. In 1993 he served in Cyprus with the British contingent in UNFICYP as an observer officer of the United Nations, and in 1994 with the UNMOT mission in Tajikistan. From 1995 to 1997 Thomas Starlinger served with the NCO Academy at Enns as its public information officer as well as chief instructing officer in civic education.
 From 1997 bis 2000 he attended the General Staff Course at the National Defence Academy in Vienna. He was then responsible for training and operations at Carinthia Provincial Military Command. Thereafter, he served with 7th Infantry Brigade in Klagenfurt as chief of staff and deputy commanding officer.
 From 2003 to 2005 Thomas Starlinger was a leading project officer on the European Union's Military Staff and subsequently served until 2007 with the newly instituted European Defence Agency.
 In Dezember 2007 he was appointed Commanding Officer, 7th Infantry Brigade. From November 2008 to May 2009 he commanded Multinational Task Force South in the Kosovo Force (KFOR).
 In Dezember 2012 Thomas Starlinger assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Staff Support at Response Forces Operations Command in Ulm, and became Deputy Chief of Staff Operations in July 2013.
 From February 2017 to May 2019 he served as Military Advisor to Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, advising the President on matters of security policy and providing liaison with the Ministries of Defence and the Interior.
 On 3 June 2019 Thomas Starlinger was appointed Defence Minister by the Federal President.

Political and Legal Symposia

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17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
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 Income in FinlandBreakout
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: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
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
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
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: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
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
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
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 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary