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Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Civil and Human Rights
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How far does freedom of speech go in universities? If, for example, we listen to people who defame democracy, the rule of law or fundamental rights, do we legitimise their extreme views? Or is it more dangerous for democracy to ban particular opinions from public debate?

Rector, University of Siegen; Vice-President for Teaching, Learning, Teacher Training, Lifelong Learning, German Rectors' Conference, Siegen
Rector, University of Vienna
Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, University of Vienna; Scientific Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna

Dr. Holger BURCKHART

Rector, University of Siegen; Vice-President for Teaching, Learning, Teacher Training, Lifelong Learning, German Rectors' Conference, Siegen

1997 Postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in Philosophy, University of Cologne
2005-2006 Vice Dean for Studies and Teaching, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Cologne
2007-2009 Prorector for Teaching, Studies and Study reform, University of Cologne
since 2008 Professorship for Anthropology and Ethics in Curative Education, taking special Account of People with Disabilities, University of Cologne
since 2009 Rector, University of Siegen
since 2012 Member of the Executive Board of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), Vice President for Teaching, Learning, Teacher Training, and Lifelong Learning

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinz W. ENGL

Rector, University of Vienna

since 1988 Full Professor and holder of the Chair for Industrial Mathematics, University of Linz
2003-2011 Director, RICAM - Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, Austrian Academy of Sciences
since 2003 Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Corresponding Member since 2000)
since 2011 Rector, University of Vienna

Dr. Michael Lysander FREMUTH

Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, University of Vienna; Scientific Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Vienna

2005 First State Exam
2009 PhD, Supranationality of the EU
2010 Second State Exam
2010 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA, Visiting Scholar
2013-2019 President of the German UN Association in Bonn
2014 University of Pretoria, South Africa, Visiting Scholar
2017 Habilitation and Venia Docendi for Public International, European Union and Constitutional Law
2017 Kant University, Kaliningrad, Russian Federation; Turkish-German University, Istanbul, Turkey, Visiting Scholar
2018-2019 Universities Bayreuth, Berlin and Trier (Associate Professor)
since 2019 Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, University of Vienna; Scientific Director, Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
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15:05 - 15:05Neuer Vortrag

24.08.2019

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

25.08.2019

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: 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 - 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

26.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach 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: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
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

27.08.2019

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