4 November 2014 (10.30-12.30) - Room 6 – Palais de l’Europe, Interpretation: FR/EN


Do artistic forms of expression, such as movies and documentaries, have a real impact on public opinion, political debate and decision-making or are they just an outlet for the emotions of a frustrated youth?

School Film Studio as Citizenship Laboratory, The European Wergeland Centre (EWC), Norway in cooperation with the Moscow School of Civic Education (MSCE), Russian Federation

The project was carried out by approximately 250 students from different schools in Stavropol. It is aimed to promote active participation of youth in the community life. The project covered the following actions: identifying youth’s needs and problems in the local community to be addressed; presenting the issues via student-made documentaries; finding solutions and taking actions together with teachers, parents and local community. This initiative is part of the project “Promotion of Civic Education in Russia” implemented by the European Wergeland Centre and Moscow School of Civic Education offering seminars in education for democratic citizenship and human rights.


Ms Olga BODROVA, Russian Federation, Director of the Peace Foundation in the South and North Caucasus

Olga has been working in the field of management of social and educational projects for over 14 years. Her main interests are civics and cultural enlightenment; psychology, pedagogy and educational management; coordinating, monitoring and evaluating social projects and programs, including charity initiatives. Olga has worked in the sphere of Human Rights protection as an Official Assistant to the regional Ombudsman in Stavropol since 2009, and has been an independent Expert on Human Rights of the Russian Ministry of Justice since 2011. She has been working with a number of international projects in the field.


Ms Iryna SABOR, Norway, Advisor at European Wergeland Centre

Iryna Sabor is responsible for the European Wergeland Centre’s projects in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Her professional interests focus mainly on education for democratic citizenship and human rights, conflict sensitive education and education management. Iryna Sabor has earlier served in the Ukrainian diplomatic service working with issues pertaining to international and bilateral cooperation in the field of culture, education and research.



Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Zhongxia LI, the People’s Republic of China, Associate Professor/Associate Dean Law School of Shandong University

Mr Zhongxia  Li is Associate Professor/Associate Dean Law School of Shandong University. He holds a Jur. Dr. majoring in Constitutional Law of the Law School of Humboldt University of Berlin and a Jur. Dr. majoring in Constitutional and Administrative Law from Law School of Peking University. He was rank 2nd in the 6th Youth Forum of Chinese Jurisprudence in 2011 awarded by China Law Society as well as in the 7th Excellent Scientific Research Achievement of Youth Constitutional Scholars in 2012 awarded by China Constitutional Law Research Society.

Mr Ziad MAALOUF, France, Journalist at Radio France Internationale

Ziad Maalouf works for Radio France Internationale. He hosts The Media Workshop, a weekly and participatory webcast, based on an online community of nearly 16,000 members (http://atelier.rfi.fr). The magazine looks at weekly media news. It is also a laboratory that explores new ways of doing radio and journalism. Ziad also coordinates Mondoblog.org, a community of 600 French bloggers based in sixty countries (http://mondoblog.org) and Arablog.org, a community of bloggers launched in Arabic in 2014 with support from Ebticar EU (http://arablog.org). A graduate of History and Political Science, Ziad Maalouf teaches journalism at The Institute of Practical Journalism in Paris.

Mr Yascha MOUNK, Germany, Founding Editor of The Utopian and Fellow of the New America Foundation

Yascha Mounk, a writer and political theorist, is a Fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches classes about “Democracy in the Digital Age” and “The Politics of Climate Change” at Harvard University. The author of "Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany," Yascha is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Die Zeit and Foreign Affairs. Born in Germany, Yascha has lived in England, Italy, and France, and is now at home in New York.


Mr Hörður TORFASON, Iceland, Human Rights Activist and Artist

Hörður Torfason is an Icelandic actor, director, songwriter, and human right activist. He was the leader of the Cutlery revolution in 2008/09 in Iceland. He is also the principal founder of the Organisation of '78 and Peoples Voices. Hörður Torfason has received numerous awards for his human rights activism, for example The Tupilak, in 1995 and 2010, for outstanding contribution in the gay rights field. The Icelandic Social Democratic Party awarded him for his courage, bravery and honesty in 2003. He received the man of the year award in 2008 from the Icelandic national broadcasting service. The Nordic Popular Author's Union honored him in 2005 for his outstanding work as a songwriter. 


Mr Roberto OLLA, Executive Director of Eurimages, Council of Europe

Roberto Olla is the Executive Director of Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s film fund.  A lawyer by training, he holds a Ph.D. in entertainment law from the European University Institute of Florence.  Roberto joined Eurimages in January 2002 as a project manager and in 2008 became its Executive Director. Before this, he was a researcher in media law, worked for the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and was a legal adviser on audio-visual matters to the European Commission in Brussels.  He contributes his specialised expertise in film production to many European training initiatives in this sector.