Multilateralism and Regionalism in challenging times: "Democracy"

This first panel is part of a webinar series called "Multilateralism and Regionalism in challenging times: relations between Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean" and will focus on the topic of "Democracy".

This panel aims to assess how these threats have been affecting both the European Union and the Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as the relations between the two, which has been traditionally grounded in shared norms such as democracy and human rights. In doing so, speakers are invited to address the following questions:

  • How is the European Union responding to these democratic threats? How effective is the EU rule of law mechanism? How can the EU give a stronger voice to its citizens?
  • How have Latin American governments and civil society responded to democratic breakdowns and the rise of illiberal leaders in the region?
  • How have these internal democratic drifts affected its external partnerships based on shared values, such as the EU-LAC partnership? Can current EU-LAC relations still contribute to the defence and promotion of democracy in the two regions?

This webinar series is jointly organised by the Regionalism Observatory (San Tiago Dantas Graduate Program in International Relations - UNESP, UNICAMP-SP, PUC-SP, Brazil), Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (KU Leuven, Belgium) and the European Studies Section (University of Coimbra, Portugal), and sponsored by the EU-LAC Foundation (international organisation based in Hamburg, Germany), and aims to foster fruitful debates on pressing topics of the bi-regional agenda, thus providing a constructive and reflexive dialogue among politicians, academics and civil society groups involved in EU-LAC relations.

The initiative was selected in the framework of the EU-LAC Foundation's "IV Annual Call for Co-organising Events on topics relevant to the bi-regional partnership between the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)".

More information will be announced in due course.