Schools of political Studies at World Forum for Democracy 2012

Bridging the gap: democracy between old models and new realities"
The participants of the 16 existing Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe chosen for the 2012 annual cycle as well as representatives of the two newly created Schools (Tunisia, Morrocco) participated in the first World Forum for Democracy.
Strasbourg 5 - 11 October 2012
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Schools of political Studies at World Forum for Democracy 2012

 In addition to their attending the different events of the Forum, the School participants exchanged views with their peers in regional meetings of Schools and met the judges of the European Court of Human rights from their countries.In a lively and moving ceremony, on October 10, Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland handed certificates to the Directors of the 16 Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies for the participants of their Schools who had successfully completed the 2012 cycle.

All the participants warmly welcomed the directors and other representatives from the newly established Schools of Political Studies in Tunisia and Morocco.

On the same day, Secretary General Torbjørn Jagland declared at the meeting of the Ministers' Deputies: “Yesterday [9 October], I had a meeting with the Directors of our 16 Schools of Political Studies. I must say that I am very impressed by the activities of many of our schools. They are a very important asset for our Organisation. They engage in a broad range of activities, and no doubt make a real contribution to fostering a democratic culture throughout Europe. I also found it encouraging to meet the new Directors for our two new schools from both Morocco and Tunisia. I see absolutely no reason not to expand this unique network of political schools also to other parts of Europe, including Western-Europe.”

In the margins of the Forum, Schools participants were invited to review the Forum. They also commented on the role and value of their respective School:


Bulgarian School (Lya Petkova,university lecturer and Bulgarian politician)

Croatian School (Anastasya Raditya-Ležaić, environmental economics researcher)            

Georgian School (Teona Lebanidze NGO Deputy executive Director, David Tsintskaladze)  

In bringing together high-ranking political officials, leading public figures, Nobel Peace Prize winners and civil society activists, the World Forum 2012 allowed for an exchange of experiences and perceptions and helped identify risks as well as possible answers to today’s societal challenges.