Symposium - Democratic Security
Today, the main threats to security seem to originate from within States rather than between them. The risk of a downward spiral of distrust and fear in societies, caused by economic, social and moral uncertainty, is real and difficult to manage. “Deep security”, grounded in basic trust, is more than ever important.
Democracy, human rights and rule of law are indispensable sources of deep security, which generally strengthen each other. But especially in the area of security there are difficult trade-offs. During the Symposium, the speakers will address crucial issues on how democratic security can be achieved in the current complex world.
Thorbjørn Jagland is Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
He was Prime Minister of Norway (1996-1997), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway (2000-2001), and President of the Norwegian Parliament, the Storting (2005 to 2009). He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Oslo centre for Peace and Human Rights. Since 2009 he has been the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize every year. in 2014, Mr Jagland was re-elected as Secretary General of the Council of Europe to serve an additional five years, becoming the first Secretary General in the history of the Council of Europe to be re-elected.
Liora Lazarus an Associate Professor in Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.
She is the author of a number of academic books and articles, including Contrasting Prisoners Rights (Oxford University Press 2004), Security and Human Rights (Hart 2007) and Reasoning Rights (2014). She has also completed a number of public reports, for the UK Ministry of Justice on balancing security and human rights, the UK Stern Review into the treatment of Rape Complaints, and the European Union Parliament on the genesis of existing human rights frameworks.
In partnership with the Institute of Political Studies