Populism and the Future of Democracy in Europe

04.10.2021, 18:30 - 19:45
Universität Zürich-Zentrum
Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich
Raum: Hörsaal KO2-F-180
Prof. Michael Ignatieff, Ken Roth

In recent years, many governments in Europe and around the world have seen a populist upsurge, from which we’ve witnessed increased attacks on the rule of law, basic democratic institutions and human rights more generally. In Europe, particularly in the East, far-right populist movements have made significant inroads at the expense of the independent media or courts, academic freedom, or the rights of women or LGBT people. But not without resistance: Courageous activists and civic groups everywhere are fighting to defend democracy.

Professor Michael Ignatieff, former president and rector of the Central European University in Budapest and Vienna and one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals, will speak about the increasing attacks on human rights and democracy in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, the challenges this poses for the society of our future, and what can be done about it. For the panel discussion following his lecture, Professor Ignatieff will be joined by Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.
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