Democracy Today in the USA
21 May 2016 , 14.00 – 17.00
DeLaMar Theater Amsterdam
4 Yale alumni participate in a roundtable discussion on Democracy in America, with an introduction by Jeb Bush.
Anne Applebaum BA ‘86
Roger Berkowitz (Hannah Arendt Center)
Azra Nafisi (Fellow Johns Hopkins SAIS)
Randall Kennedy (Professor Harvard Law) JD ‘82
Derek Shearer (Clinton advisor) BA ‘68
Sean Wilentz (Professor Princeton) MA ’78, PhD ‘80
Rob Riemen, Director Nexus Institute
For more information (in EnglishDutch): https://nexus-instituut.nl/nexus-activiteit/210-democracy-today-in-the-usa
‘It was your American statesmen and poets such as Lincoln and Whitman who proclaimed to the world democratic thought and feeling, and the democratic way of life, in imperishable words,’ German novelist and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann stated in 1938. He arrived in New York for a coast to coast lecture tour entitled The Coming Victory of Democracy, inspired by Walt Whitman. More than hundred years before Mann’s arrival in America Alexis de Tocqueville wrote his brilliant study Democracy in America. His observations on the nature of a democratic society were, however, more sober than the euphoric evocations of the American bard and the German novelist. Without the burden of tradition, authorities and social classes, American society would be pragmatic, utilitarian, individualistic, materialistic.
What is the state of democracy today in the USA? Why do many Americans consider their political system ‘broke’? What are the consequences of this, now and in the future? What remains of Walt Whitman and Thomas Mann’s idea that literature and a liberal education are the soul of a true democracy? And when watching the news today, how should we understand the undercurrent of racism in American society; the religious fundamentalism; the massive amounts of money as part of the elections; the role of anti-politics ‘politicians’ in the election of the American president; the many broken dreams?!
2.00 pm Welcome Rob Riemen
2.05 pm Keynote address Jeb Bush
2.15 pm – 5pm Round table discussion
Symposium: Legal Diversity and the Universal Vocation of International Law
McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, have the pleasure of inviting you to a one-day symposium on the theme of legal diversity and the theory and practice of contemporary international law. A detailed Symposium agenda will follow upon registration.
For registration or additional information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date/Time: Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location(s): Schouwburgstraat 2, 2511 VA, Den Haag,
The Ambassador of Canada, H.E. Sabine Nölke, will host a post-conference reception that evening, at the Canadian Official Residence (Groot Haesebroekseweg 44, Wassenaar), from 18:30 to 20:30.
The speakers from various Hague legal institutions and from academia will be asked to address one or more of the following themes:
Legal pluralism, legal diversity and international law: retrospective and prospective views; experiences from the practice of various Hague legal institutions; traditions of multiculturalism and legal pluralism (including the McGill Law Faculty educational method);
Human rights, peremptory norms, international legal standards and legal / cultural diversity;
“Cosmopolitan attitudes, methods & officials” (Patrick Glenn) in the practice of international law;
“Harmonious coexistence rather than obligatory universality” (Patrick Glenn) & universality through diversity (ICJ Vice-President Yusuf);
The enrichment of international law through principles and approaches of diverse traditions / legal systems (former ICJ Vice-President Weeramantry);
Envisioning future pathways for international law / institutions in the light of global legal diversity.
We look forward to welcoming contributions from the following legal practitioners and academics:
The Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, H.E. Sabine Nölke ; Professor Daniel Jutras, Dean, Faculty of Law, McGill University; Mr. Norman Farrell, Prosecutor, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Justice David Baragwanath, Special Tribunal for Lebanon; Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (TBC); Justice Betram Schmitt, International Criminal Court; Payam Akhavan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University (and Counsel at PCA, ICJ, ECtHR, ITLS, ICC, ICTY); Dr. Elies van Sliedregt, Professor in International and Comparative Criminal Law, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds; Ms. Silke Studzinsky, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court (previously Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)); Dr. Sergey Vasiliev, Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Grotius Centre, Leiden University; Mr. Hans van Loon, former Secretary General, Hague Conference on Private International Law; Dr. Alex Mills, Reader in Public and Private International Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL; Justice Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, International Court of Justice (TBC); Judge Xue Hanqin, International Court of Justice (TBC);
Conference proceedings will be inspired in part by the works of the late Professors Patrick Glenn and Roderick Macdonald of McGill University, Faculty of Law, including their study of legal traditions of the world and legal pluralism, interlinked with Canadian traditions of multiculturalism.