Videos from our events


What is the point of the rule of law?


In his lecture at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, Martin Krygier, Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory, UNSW Sydney, asks what is the point of the rule of law. The rule of law is too important to ignore, yet too confused and confusing to guide. This lecture argues it must be re-imagined.




China’s Future: Democracy or Dictatorship, Rule of Law or Rule by Law?


Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Professor of Political Science at Hong Kong Baptist University, analyses the recent evolution of the Chinese political system. While the government system continues to modernise and a rule by law is gradually taking shape, China does not seem to move towards a genuine rule of law.



Democracy and the Stranger: Does Global Integration Undermine Democracy?


Jeremy Adelman, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University, discusses how the pressures on liberal democracy and the hostility to strangers have overlapped with the assault on globalisation. Is this a coincidence, or did one cause the other?  His keynote lecture at  the Albert Hirschman Centre’s annual conference explores general patterns and potential explanations. 


Democracy week 2018


In this panel moderated by Graziella Moraes Silva, Ruth Betsaida Itamari Choque, Member of the Bolivian Parliament, Ethel Branch, Attorney General of the Navajo Nation, Nancy Postero, Professor of anthropology and co-Director, International Institute, UC San Diego and Karmen Ramírez Boscán, Founder of Wayunkerra Indigenous Women’s Initiative explore how the contemporary populist wave has affected the battle of indigenous communities for fair representation and for access to natural resources.


Law in a World of Struggle


On 7 September 2018, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy, in conjunction with the Department of International Law, hosted David Kennedy, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, and an expert on law and the politics of expertise.


Two-speed Europe: A new East-West divide?


This panel discussion organised by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy and moderated by Grégoire Mallard explores whether a two-speed Europe would be an opportunity for further integration or on the contrary a risk of divide. The speakers are Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria between 2012-2017, Ulrike Lunacek, former Vice-President of the European Parliament and Member of the Austrian Green Party and Till van Rahden, Montreal University, Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies.


Stephen Holmes


Can Liberalism Survive in a World of Fake News?
Stephen Holmes is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University, and an expert on the evolution of liberalism and antiliberalism in Europe.


Chantal Mouffe


The affects of democracy
Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London. She has taught and researched in many universities in Europe, North America and South America and she is a corresponding member of the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris.


Populism, Nationalism, and the Future of Democracy


In the third keynote lecture of the Hirschman Centre's annual conference on 8 December 2017, the sociologist Craig Calhoun, President of the Berggruen Institute, argues that populism reflects a failure of social integration: it challenges liberal democracy from within but may also enable its reshaping.


Democratic Degeneration


In the second keynote lecture of the Hirschman Centre's annual conference, the philosopher Charles Taylor, Emeritus Professor at McGill University, reflects on three key contemporary threats to democracy: concentration of elite power, nativist exclusion, and majoritarianism.


The Public and the Demos: Paradoxes of Enlightenment


Sheila Jasanoff, pioneer in science and technology studies and Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, delivered the opening lecture of the Hirschman Centre's annual conference. Exploring how to remake a democratic polity, she emphasises the need of a new imagination of the public sphere that accommodates diversity without disintegration.


Jyoti Sanghera


Dying to live: A Tragedy of Democratic Governance
Jyoti Sanghera is the Chief of the Asia Pacific at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. She holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked on human rights protection issues of women, migrants and other discriminated groups in conflict and post conflict situations for the past three decades.


From Ottoman to post-modern. Public spaces as a metaphor of Modern Greek History


In a special event organised with the Fondation Braillard during the Democracy Week and the Fortnight of Urbanism, Georges Prevalakis, Professor of Geography and Planning at the Sorbonne (Université Paris 1) discusses the transformation of public space in Greece in a historical and geopolitical perspective.


Engaging in Democracy: Four Indian students tell their experience at the Hirschman Centre


During the Democracy Week promoted by the Geneva State Chancellery we have invited four Indian students to engage in a dialogue on democratic engagement. They have told us about their active engagement in India, which is very inspiring for us...


Kaushik Basu

Economics and Democracy in the Age of Globalisation
Kaushik Basu,  C. Marks Professor and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, New York, Former Chief Economist and Sr. Vice President of the World Bank, discusses the challenges to democracy grounded in the global economy but also rooted in politics and society, in a lecture organized by the Graduate Institute's Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy


Arjun Appadurai

The Global Swing to the Right
Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, examines the factors behind the recent global rise of authoritarian populists leaders and movements in an event organized by the Graduate Institute's Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.


Stephen Holmes

Stephen Holmes, Professor of Law at New York University, speaking on 9 March 2017 at the launch of the Graduate Institute’s Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy.