Punitive Democratization. Protecting democracy through sanctions in Europe and the global South

In cooperation with ARTES

06mei2019 20:00 - 21:30


We are currently at a critical juncture. While illiberal political movements and autocratic leadership are on the rise, liberal democracy is under threat in all regions of the world. Can regional organizations be the guardians of regional democratic norms in Europa and the global South?

Venezuela, Hungary, and Egypt are only among the most recent cases of countries that have faced some form of sanction by regional organizations for breaching liberal democracy in their domestic affairs.

In this lecture and round-table discussion we will discuss the ideas behind the adoption of democracy-protection norms, their institutionalization, and how they have been put in practice by regional organizations in the Americas, Africa, and Europe. 

About the speakers

Stefano Palestini is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science of the Catholic University of Chile and, currently, a visiting scholar at ARTES in Amsterdam.. He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute and he has been research fellow at the Free University of Berlin and at the American University, in Washington D.C. He was consultant at the United Nations Development Program, and he regularly contributes to political blogs and media on topics related to international politics. 

Barbara Hogenboom is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation. Barbara Hogenboom’s field of study is the politics and governance of development and environment in Latin America.

Dimitry Kochenov holds a chair of EU Constitutional Law in Groningen. His scholarship focuses on citizenship and the Rule of Law most broadly conceived. Among his recent (co-edited) volumes are Internal Market and the Future of European IntegrationEU Citizenship and FederalismThe Enforcement of EU Law and ValuesReinforcing Rule of Law Oversight in the EU  and Europe's Justice Deficit?. He held visiting fellowships and professorships worldwide, including at Princeton, NYU Law, Basel, Turin and numerous others. He consults governments and internatinal organizations on the subjects of his interest. His newest monograph is Citizenship. He is author of "The EU and the Rule of Law – Naïveté or a Grand Design?"

Pola Cebulak (moderator) is a Assistant Professor in European Law at the European Studies Department. Previously, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at iCourts – the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, as a Lecturer of EU law  at the University of Geneva and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Public International and European Law at the University of Fribourg. She holds a double doctoral degree from the Université libre de Bruxellesand the University of Geneva. She benefited from a fellowship of the European Commission awarded within the framework of the GEM PhD School - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate on Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism. Pola spent the autumn semester 2012 as a visiting scholar at Boston University.


You can sign up for this program for free. If you subscribe for the program we count on your presence. If you are unable to attend, please let us know via spui25@uva.nl | T: +31 (0)20 525 8142.