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Putney Debates 2023: Democracy in crisis?

09/05/2023 /3:00 PM - 11/05/2023 /6:00 PM BST

Putney debates 2023: Democracy in crisis

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The purpose of Putney Debates 2023 is to examine claims, now much announced and seemingly widely shared, that democracy is in trouble and in danger of collapsing, not only in the more fragile and unstable nations, but in the ancient home grounds, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

The aims of the debates are (i) to examine critically the claims of democracy being in crisis, with reference to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, Europe generally, and the United States of America, (ii) followed by review of the situation in several regions, Africa, India, South America, and Central & Eastern Europe.

For more information, please download the Programme of Putney Debates 2023

3.00pm BST 09/05/2023 

Opening lecture   

Richard Clary  Fellow OXGS, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

4.30pm BST 09/05/2023

Panel 1: Leadership in democratic systems

(Moderator) DJ Galligan   Director Oxford Global Society, Professor Emeritus Oxford University

Fui Tsikata BCL Oxford, Member Advisory Board OXGS, Senior lawyer and formerly teaching at University of Ghana

Vlad Perju Professor at Boston College Law School

Bogdan Iancu Fellow OXGS, Associate Professor Bucharest University

Iris Canor Associate Professor at Striks School of Law, Colman Israel

3.30 pm BST 10/05/2023

Panel 2: Institutions of government and their role in democracy

(Moderator) Richard Clary Fellow OXGS, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Paul Craig   Professor Emeritus Oxford University, Fellow of British Academy

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott Fellow OXGS, Professor Queen Mary University of London, Honorary research fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

Ruzha Smilova Associate Professor at Sofia University Bulgaria

Frank Vibert Fellow OXGS, Associate CARR Centre, LSE

3.30 pm BST 11/05/ 2023

Panel 3: Electoral systems and political parties

(Moderator) Daniel Smilov  Fellow OXGS, DPhil Oxford, Associate Professor at Sofia University, Bulgaria

Nicole Stremlau  Head of the Comparative Media Law & Policy Programme, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University and Research Professor, University of Johannesburg

Fernando Casal Bertoa Associate professor, Nottingham University

Jurij Toplak  Professor of law, Alma Mater Europaea and Fordham University

Marcin Walecki  DPhil Oxford, Director National Democratic Institute Ukraine

5:00PM BST,
11th May 2023

Concluding LectureHon Malcolm Turnbull  AC, BCL Oxford, Fellow Brasenose College Oxford, Former Prime Minister of Australia

Before 5th May 2023

Regional lectures pre-recoded and uploaded to OXGS YouTube channel and OXGS Website

Pedro Fortes DPhil Oxford, Professor UCAM Law School, Brazil

Zim Nwokor DPhil Oxford,  Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy Studies, Deakin University, Australia

Angana Chatterji  Co-Chair Initiative on Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights and Research Anthropologist, Centre for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley


09/05/2023 /3:00 PM BST
11/05/2023 /6:00 PM BST
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