Democracy Day Lecture

We successfully commemorated the UN International Day of Democracy on 15 September 2011 with a public lecture in the Edinburgh City Chambers by Professor Jan Aart Scholte (see résumé below). The subject of Prof Scholte’s talk was Global Democracy. The Deputy Lord Provost, Councillor Rob Munn welcomed participants to the event.

See here for a video of the event by Aleksandra Jurczak: 

See here for a report of the event by Alexandra Wingate.

See here for a report of the event by Coral Condeco.

For further information, please contact Lishia Erza

‘The International Day of Democracy’, 15 September, was recognized as an annual event by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. In its resolution A/RES/62/7 establishing the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations noted that “while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy” and that “democracy does not belong to any country or region”. The International Day of Democracy is meant both to celebrate democracy and to serve as a reminder that the need to promote and protect democracy is as urgent now as ever.The choice of 15 September for the International Day of Democracy corresponds to the adoption in September 1997 by the Inter-Parliamentary Union of a ‘Universal Declaration on Democracy’ (Please see: ). The declaration affirms the principles of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government, and the global scope of democracy.

Professor Jan Aart Scholte, the convener of ‘Building Global Democracy’, Western Europe, is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Globalization and regionalization at the University of Warwick and Centennial Professor in the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics. He has also held appointments at the University of Sussex (1985-96), the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (1997-8), and Gothenburg University (2006-7).

He is the author of Globalization: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 second edition), Civil Society and Democracy in the Global Economy (CSGR, 2004), Civil Society Voices and the International Monetary Fund (North-South Institute, 2002) and International Relations of Social Change (Open University Press, 1993); co-author of Contesting Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2000); editor of Civil Society and Global Finance (Routledge, 2002) and Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance (Cambridge University Press,  forthcoming); and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Globalization (Routledge, 2006) and the journal Global Governance (2005-9).

He has sat on advisory and steering committees of inter alia the Global Accountability Project, the Globalization and Autonomy Project, the Globalization Studies Network, and the Non-Governmental Public Action Program. He has worked with many academic, official, civil society, business and mass media actors on questions of democracy in global affairs.