Zoom Roundtable Topic of Authoritarianism


Students will be able to watch a team of esteemed scholars assembled by the University of Wisconsin Law School explore resistance to autocracy in a timely Zoom panel discussion to be held in Williams Center room S204 on Thursday, April 12. from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The presentation, hosted on campus by the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of History, and the Fredonia American Democracy Project, comes amid a new wave of authoritarianism and eroding legal protections human rights, civil liberties and democracy.

“The academics on the panel are absolutely top-notch,” said Jonathan Chausovsky, associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, “and students who have seen similar Zoom symposia have been amazed at how was so much more insightful and in-depth compared to what is available in regular sources and social media.”

Experts will discuss the autocratic challenge and resistances to it in Europe, the United States and Latin America by national and global institutions and actors. The program will conclude with a brief discussion, general reactions and a question-and-answer session.

The roundtable co-chairs are Alexandra Huneeus and David Trubek from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Panelists include Kim Lane Scheppele from Princeton University, Bojan Bugaric from University of Sheffield, Rob Yablon from University of Wisconsin Law School, Raquel Pimenta from Fundaςão Getulio Vargas, São Palo, Brazil; and Rachael Meade of Boston University.

A new wave of authoritarianism and the erosion of legal protections for human rights, civil liberties and democracy have arisen. In the United States, Europe and the Global South, autocrats and would-be autocrats seek to undermine democratic institutions and weaken constitutional protections, often through the misuse of legal institutions, Dr. Chausovsky explained. These efforts at authoritarianism and autocratic legalism are met with resistance within countries and the global community.

Sponsors of the UW Law School presentation are the Global Legal Studies Center, Human Rights Program, Center for German and European Studies, Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), Project on Autocratic Legalism (PAL ) and transnational efforts to combat authoritarianism (TRECA ).

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