Round Table n°1 - Fundamental freedoms: the changing foundation of our democracies?
FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS: THE CHANGING FOUNDATION OF OUR DEMOCRACIES? Thematic talk n°1
In 2020, we have lived through an unprecedented situation which forced the enactment of a state of public health emergency and the curtailment of our right to move about freely.
These rights, inscribed in France’s founding texts – The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen – are a part of fundamental rights just as is the right to freedom of opinion and assembly. They are the basis of any democratic society and guaranteed by the state.
In this public health emergency, the loss of our personal freedoms seems to have been generally accepted by our fellow citizens naturally raises questions about the everyday acceptance of a ‘state of emergency’ and the normalization of exceptions since the beginning of the 20th century.
What impression will these ‘infringements’ of our rights leave behind? What impact on our democracies? Are fundamental rights ‘adjustable’ in the pursuit of a balance between living context and the guarantee and respect of their application? Does the state of affairs correspond to changing practices according to the lived experience of society?
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Grâce FAVREL LAWYER AT FAVREL AVOCAT
Grâce Favrel is an English-speaking barrister based in Paris. Her firm, FAVREL Avocat, is a dynamic boutique disputes firm specialising in the defence of fundamental rights working primarily in the area of human rights law, criminal law, environmental law and international law. Before becoming a barrister, Grace FAVREL has worked in the UK, Africa as well as the Middle East, for non-governmental organisations and international organisations, including the European Union.
Yves SINTOMER PROFESSOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCES
OF UNIVERSITY PARIS 8
Yves Sintomer is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris 8, a researcher at the Oxford Maison Française and an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford, the CRESPPA and the Universities of Neuchâtel and the Spanish Basque country. He has been Assistant Director of the Marc Bloch Centre (Berlin) and a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He is working on a theory of political representation and democracy from a non-Western centred perspective.
He has published works on German sociology, democratic theory, participative democracy and deliberative democracy, drawing lots in politics, and in particular, Petite histoire de l'expérimentation démocratique. Tirage au sort et politique d'Athènes à nos jours [A short history of democratic experimentation: Drawing lots and politics from Athens to the present day] (La Découverte, 2011). His works have been published in 18 languages.