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Opening of the Legal Symposium

Plenary / Democracy & the Rule of Law
German and English language

”Counter” from Robert Prosser leads us in performance along the rhythms of voice, percussion and combat and into the very heart of boxing: not the clichéd myth, but the direct confrontation of two opponents – the standout experience that becomes possible in the ring.

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Welcome
Artist and writer, Vienna Art
Boxer, Boxclub Unterberger, Wörgl Art
Author and Performer, Vienna Art
Boxer, Boxclub Unterberger, Wörgl Art
Artist and Performance Coach, Vienna Art
Managing Director, Hans-Kelsen Institute, Vienna Key Note
Professor, Comparative and Economic Law Division, Institute of Legal Administrative Studies, Warsaw University, Warsaw Key Note
Board Member, FAN - Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna Chair

Dr. Caspar EINEM

Vice President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1967-1971 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Wien
1972-1977 Bewährungshelfer in Wien und Salzburg, zuletzt verantwortlich für Finanzen und Organisation des Trägervereins
1978-1979 Mitarbeiter, Ludwig Boltzmann-Institut für Kriminalsoziologie
1980-1991 Arbeiterkammer Wien, darunter:
1980-1986 Mitarbeiter, Bereich Konsumentenpolitik und -beratung
1985-1986 Vorsitzender des Betriebsrates
1986-1991 Leiter der Kommunalpolitischen Abteilung
1991-1994 OMV AG
1991-1992 Leiter, Konzernstrategie, OMV AG
1992-1994 Direktor, Geschäftsbereichs Gas, OMV AG
1994 Berufung zum Staatssekretär im Bundeskanzleramt
1995-1997 Bundesminister, Inneres
1997-2000 Bundesminister, Wissenschaft und Verkehr
2000-2007 Abgeordneter zum Nationalrat, Europasprecher der SPÖ,
  Mitglied im EU-Hauptausschuss, im Außenpolitischen Ausschuss und im Industrieausschuss
2000 Vertreter des österreichischen Nationalrates im Europäischen Grundrechtskonvent
2001-2007 Stellvertretender Vorsitzender der SPÖ-Nationalratsfraktion
2002-2003 Vertreter des österreichischen Nationalrates im Europäischen Verfassungskonvent
2002-2008 Präsident des Bundes sozialdemokratischer AkademikerInnen, Intellektueller und KünstlerInnen
2005-2008 Präsident des CEEP - Europäischer Sozialpartnerverband und seiner österr. Sektion - Verband d. öffentl. Wirtschaft u. Gemeinwirtschaft
2007-2011 Vorstandsmitglied in einem privaten Luftverkehrsunternehmen
2011-2013 Aufsichtsratvorsitzender, Austro Control GmbH
seit 2004 Chefredakteur der sozialdemokratischen Monatszeitschrift ZUKUNFT
seit 2011 Präsident, oiip - Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik
seit 2014 Vizepräsident, IHS - Institut für Höhere Studien, Wien
seit 2012 Vizepräsident, Europäisches Forum Alpbach, Wien

M.Sc. Fabian FALTIN

Artist and writer, Vienna

 Fabian Faltin is an artist, writer and gardener based in Vienna. A graduate of Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics, his artistic practice is dedicated to trimming back and cutting across disciplinary boundaries. He is the author of two novels, Gute Macht and Sag Ja zu Österreich, and has performed across Europe and in China. His work has been shown on HAU Berlin, Tate Modern, BRUX Innsbruck, Festival der Regionen, and Beijing Fringe Festival, as well as on national television and radio. Fabian Faltin is currently teaching creative writing at Webster University Vienna and learning to relax into his right cross punch.

Melanie HORN

Boxer, Boxclub Unterberger, Wörgl

Mag. phil. Robert PROSSER

Author and Performer, Vienna

 Robert Prosser is an Austrian writer, poet and performer born in 1983. He studied Comparative Literature and Cultural Anthropology and spent several years in Asia, the Middle East, and Great Britain. Prosser has received numerous prizes and grants, most notably from the Robert‐Bosch‐Stiftung, Literarisches Colloquium Berlin as well as the Reinhard‐Priessnitz‐Prize for Literature. He lives in Vienna and Tyrol and is the Austrian curator of Babelsprech, an initiative in charge of the funding of young German‐language poetry. His second novel Phantome (Phantoms) was longlisted for the German Book Prize in 2017, his new novel Gemma Habibi will be published in fall 2019.


Boxer, Boxclub Unterberger, Wörgl


Artist and Performance Coach, Vienna

 Anat Stainberg is an actress and performer, a writer and a passionate stage fright coach and trainer. She is on stages and in front of cameras since she is 14 years old. After graduating from acting school in Tel Aviv she worked as an actress in theaters, TV and films. She then continued her studies in Amsterdam and graduated with Diploma in Performance art. She created and directed big scale productions in theaters, museums and galleries and taught in art universities around Europe. In 2015, already living and working 8 years in Vienna she discovered coaching. Since then she conducts group seminars and individual coaching sessions in the private and business sector.

Dr. Clemens JABLONER

Managing Director, Hans-Kelsen Institute, Vienna

 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, Universität Wien
1975-1978 Universitätsassistent
1978-1991 Beamter, Bundeskanzleramt
seit 1988 Univ.-Doz. bzw. Univ.-Prof. für Österreichisches Verfassungsrecht, Wien
seit 1993 Präsident, Verwaltungsgerichtshofes
Geschäftsführer, Hans Kelsen-Instituts
1998-2003 Vorsitzender, Österreichischen Historikerkommission
2014 Univ.Prof. für Rechtstheorie, Universität Wien
2019-2020 Vizekanzler; Bundesminister für Verfassung, Reformen, Deregulierung und Justiz, Wien


Professor, Comparative and Economic Law Division, Institute of Legal Administrative Studies, Warsaw University, Warsaw

1971 Graduation from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Warsaw University
1975 Juris doctor's degree from the Warsaw University
1986 Habilitation, Warsaw University
1990-1993 Member of the Prime Minister's Legislative Council
1990-1995 Professor at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne
since 1991 Professor,Human Rights Division of the Institute of Legal Administrative Studies at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Warsaw University
1996-2001 Member of the Prime Minister's Legislative Council
Director of the Centre for Constitutionalism and Legal Culture at the Public Affairs Institute
since 1997 Visiting professor of the Central European University in Budapest
1999-2001 Member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
2001-2010 Justice of the Constitutional Tribunal, Warsaw
2011-2015 President of the Legal Science Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences
2012-2015 Member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mag. iur. Sophie RENDL

Board Member, FAN - Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable


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