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Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Alphof Seminarraum
Partner / Democracy & the Rule of Law
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”In politics liberty means responsibility.” Joachim Gauck’s quote brings the essence of our topic to the point. Society demands for more liberties, but does it come together with the willingness to take responsibility? How can we raise the desire in people to act in a more responsible manner?

President, Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party, Vienna

Mag. Bettina RAUSCH

President, Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party, Vienna

2009 Studium der Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaften, Rechts- und Politikwissenschaften, Abschluss Mag. phil., Universität Wien
seit 1999 Ehrenamtliche politische Tätigkeit, Niederösterreich
seit 2004 Landesobfrau Junge Volkspartei Niederösterreich; Mitglied Landesparteivorstand der Volkspartei Niederösterreich, St. Pölten
seit 2008 Mitglied des Bundesrates, entsandt vom Niederösterreichischen Landtag, Wien
 ÖKISTA Reisen Wien
 Assistenz und Leitung, Büro von Delegationsleiterin Ursula Stenzel, MEP
 Geschäftsführung des Vereins "Die Junge Akademie NÖ"
 Sales- und Produktmanagement, Online Media ComputerdienstleistungsGmbH, Wien
 Sales- und Produktmanagement,, Krems
 Assistentin des kfm. Geschäftsführer, NÖ Landeskliniken-Holding, St. Pölten

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15:45 - 15:45Neuer Vortrag


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: 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


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


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