The Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University

October 28-30 2020

How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation-State

symposium organized by the Pardee Center at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies titled ‘How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State’. The event featured leading scholars and activists exploring the latest challenges posed to democracy and their impact on the path to solving global challenges. Some of the highlights included a speech by one of CUNCR’s active supporters and organizer from Boston University, Richard Samuel Deese who emphasized the extreme dangers posed by climate change and massive migration to the basic tenets of democracy and the subsequent restricted ability of the UN to act. Ms. Joyce Najm Mendez, a Board Member from the CUNCR moderated a panel discussion titled How Democracy Survives featuring scholars from leading global universities including Richard Samuel Deese, Robert Kuttner, and Michael D. Bess. Moreover, Dr. S.M. Sharei, Executive Director at the CUNCR gave a talk outlining the role of Article 109 of the UN Charter in creating a more democratic and representative global governance system adept at tackling global challenges like climate change. From October 28-30, the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research participated in a virtual

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 28
9:00 – 10:00 am: INTRODUCTION & FIRST PLENARY ADDRESS

The New Era of Glocalism

Sheila Foster, The Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy, Georgetown University; Advisory Committee, Global Parliament of Mayors
Commentary / Q&A: IM Hong Jae, Vice-President and Secretary-General of the United Nations Global Compact Korea Network from March 2013 to April 2017
10:30 am – 12:30 pm: DEMOCRACY AND NATIONALITY
Nationalism and Democracy
Liah Greenfeld, Boston University
India and Internationalism in the Twentieth Century
Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College
Democracy in Retreat Across the Globe
William R. Keylor,, Boston University
Moderator: Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
LUNCH-BREAK
1:00 – 3:30 pm: HOW DEMOCRACY SURVIVES
Democracy and the Spectacle of Consent
Richard Samuel Deese Boston University
Constructive Nationalism Versus Anti-Democratic Globalism
Robert Kuttner Brandeis University
Climate Change as a Unifying Force
Michael D. Bess Vanderbilt University
Moderator: Maxine Burkett University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Thursday, October 29
9:00 – 10:00 am: SECOND PLENARY ADDRESS
“People Power” and its Perils
James E. Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics, and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism, The New School for Social Research
Commentary / Q&A: TBD
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: THE EVOLUTION OF DEMOCRATIC FEDERALISM
World Organization Through Democracy: Clarence Streit’s Federalist Wager for Reordering the World
Tiziana Stella, Streit Council for a Union of Democracies
Is Social Europe Possible Beyond the Nation State?
Philomila Tsoukala, Georgetown University Law School
The Other American Dream: Human Rights and the One World Order
Michael Holm, Boston University
Moderator: Naomi Mezey, Georgetown University Law School
LUNCH-BREAK
1:00 – 3:00 pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS, in Conjunction with the Stanley Stone Distinguished Lecture Series
The Great Experiment: How to Build Thriving Multiethnic Democracies
Yascha Mounk, Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute & Associate Professor of the Practice, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Commentary / Q&A: Robert Kuttner,Brandeis University
Friday, October 30
9:00 – 10:00 am: FINAL PLENARY ADDRESS
Democracy and the Global Commons
Spencer Weart, American Institute of Physics
Commentary / Q&A: Cutler Cleveland, Boston University
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: COSMOPOLITAN DEMOCRACY & UN REFORM
What Was Political About the Historic World Federalist Movement?
Joseph Preston Baratta, Worcester State University
A UN Parliamentary Assembly as a Starting Point for a World Parliament
Andreas Bummel, Democracy Without Borders
United Nations Charter Review: Reconstructing Article 109 Par 3 Towards Global Constitutionalization
S. M. Sharei, Center for UN Constitutional Research
MODERATOR: Augusto Lopez-Claros, Global Governance Forum
LUNCH-BREAK
1:00 – 2:30 pm: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRATIC FEDERALISM
Europe as a Lab for Supranational Democracy
Susanna Cafaro, EU Law Professor at Università del Salento, Jean Monnet Chair in “Legal Theory of Friday, October 30 European Integration: a Supranational Democracy Model?”
Themes from a League of Democracies: Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods
John J. Davenport, Fordham University
Open Democracy Beyond Borders
Hélène Landemore, Yale University
Moderator: Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University