Plenary session 4: The democratic response - theme reports and a debate with panellists 

Council of Europe Hemicycle

Facilitator: Ms Faiza PATEL, Pakistan/USA, Co-Director, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law

Theme rapporteurs:

Challenge 1: Ensuring security and bringing surveillance under control

  • Mr Georgios KOLLIARAKIS, Greece, Researcher of Security and Strategy Affairs, University of Frankfurt, Germany

Challenge 2: Liberating society from fear and nurturing the desire for freedom

  • Mr Manuel ARRIAGA, Portugal, Visiting Research Professor at NYU Stern

Challenge 3: Freedom of information in the “age of terror”

  • Mr Tim KARR, USA, Senior Director of Strategy, Free Press


  • Ms Donatella DELLA PORTA, Italy, Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute
  • Mr Christophe DELOIRE, France, Journalist and Secretary General of Reporters without Borders
  • Mr Jerzy POMIANOWSKI, Poland, Executive Director of the European Endowment for Democracy
  • Mr Tim WILSON, Australia, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner
Closing Session and Democracy Innovation Award

Moderator: Ms Anna RURKA, Poland, President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

Council of Europe Hemicycle

The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award is given each year to the World Forum for Democracy’s most popular initiative, which was presented in the labs, voted upon by the Forum participants.

Closing address and presentation of the Democracy Innovation Award:
  • Mr Thorbjørn JAGLAND, Norway, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Live new media and dance performance “Hackocracy” by BANDART Productions
Lunch break
Launch of the Handbook of European Law on the Rights of the Child by the Council of Europe, including the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Moderator: Mr Gianluca ESPOSITO, Head of Equality and Human Dignity Department, Council of Europe

Room 11

Welcoming words:

  • Mr Gianluca ESPOSITO, Head of Equality and Human Dignity Department, Council of Europe
  • Mr Ioannis DIMITRAKOPOULOS, Head of Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)


  • Mr Lawrence EARLY, Jurisconsult at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Prof. Dr. Ton LIEFAARD, UNICEF Chair and Professor of Children's Rights and at Leiden Law School, The Netherlands
Democracy Innovation Hackathon (upon invitation only)

The word “Hackathon” combines the words ‘Hack’ and ‘Marathon’, and implies a long sprint to create something useful in a single event. The Forum hackathon has one prevalent goal: to develop a democracy innovation incubator with the purpose to implement democracy innovations at the local level in order to accelerate their growth and success. In order to kick-off the creation of the incubator, the hackathon gathers Forum alumni and local political decision-makers to develop the framework of the incubator, while brainstorming on concrete solutions for increasing the impact and reach of democracy innovations, in order to improve citizen participation at the local level.


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