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The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Democracy & the Rule of Law
in englischer Sprache

How efficient and practical are the tools of EU legislation for implementing the rule of law in member states? What legal and political measures are needed to guarantee European standards over the long term in those member states that are currently in the grey zone between democracy and autocracy or where corruption is endemic?

Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, Princeton, NY Key Note
Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, European University Institute, Florence
Founder and Director, Nézopont Intézet, Budapest; Adjunct Professor, Institute of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, ELTE - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
President, Austrian Bar, Vienna
Reporter, POLITICO, Brussels Chair

Ph.D. Kim Lane SCHEPPELE

Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and University Center for Human Values, Princeton University, Princeton, NY

 Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values and served as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2005 until 2015. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and multiple languages. In the last two years, she has been a public commentator on the transformation of Hungary from a constitutional-democratic state to one that risks breaching constitutional principles of the European Union.

Gabor HALMAI

Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, European University Institute, Florence

 Appointed in September 2016 as Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, and in January 2018 as Director of Graduate Studies at the Law Department. His primary research interests are comparative constitutional law and international human rights. He has published several books and articles, as well as edited volumes on these topics in English, German and Hungarian. He joined EUI in 2016 after a teaching and research career (at the Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, Princeton University in the USA, the European Masters Program in Human Rights and Democratization in Italy) as well as years of professional career as chief advisor to the President of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, member of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Management Board and numerous other civic activities.

Samuel Agoston MRAZ

Founder and Director, Nézopont Intézet, Budapest; Adjunct Professor, Institute of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, ELTE - Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Dr. Rupert WOLFF

President, Austrian Bar, Vienna

 Dr. Wolff ist seit 1987 als Rechtsanwalt in der Anwaltskanzlei Wolff, Wolff & Wolff in Salzburg tätig. Er war von 1992 - 2009 Delegationsmitglied der österreichischen Delegation zum CCBE. Im Jahr 2001 übte Dr. Wolff die Funktion des Präsidenten des CCBE aus. Seit 2002 war er Vizepräsident des Österreichischen Rechtsanwaltskammertages (Wiederwahl 2005 und 2008), dessen Präsident er seit 24.09.2011 (Wiederwahl 2014) ist.

Lili BAYER

Reporter, POLITICO, Brussels

 Lili Bayer is POLITICO Europe’s budget reporter. She was previously a correspondent in Budapest, where she covered Hungarian politics and Central Europe’s relationship with Brussels. Lili earned a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She grew up in Israel and the United States.

Political and Legal Symposia

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24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:15 - 20:15Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:00 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO 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

26.08.2019

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

27.08.2019

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