Liberal Europe in Retreat – webinar recording

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Speakers: Jan Zielonka and guest commentators Saskia Sassen and Pola Cebulak

On 10 December 2020, Jan Zielonka* joined us to discuss his pathbreaking 2018 book, Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat, with guest commentators Saskia Sassen** and Pola Cebulak.***

They were joined by two of the three leaders of the Constitutional Populism project – Martin Krygier, of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law, and Wojciech Sadurski of the University of Sydney School of Law.

The session was recorded and the archive edition is now available for viewing.^

The discussants take a tour of key themes from the book, then several of the international audience participated in the Q&A session (Q&A begins at about 1 hour 15 minutes).

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For those with a more limited download speed, an audio-only file is provided below.

Our project co-hosted this talk with the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law.

^Recording was advised to all participants. Views expressed herein are those of the authors/speakers and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government, the Australian Research Council, or the individual’s parent institution.

*Jan Zielonka is Professor of European Politics at the University of Oxford and Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Venice, Cá Foscari. His previous appointments include posts at the University of Warsaw, Leiden and the European University Institute in Florence. Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat was awarded the 2019 University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Best Book Prize for the book that has ‘made the most substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the area of contemporary European Studies’ in the past year. Zielonka has produced seventeen books and frequently contributes articles to various European newspapers.

**Saskia Sassen is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University and and former Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering and digitization three key variables running though her work. Her numerous works have been translated into over twenty languages, and she has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and being made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government.

***Pola Cebulak is is Assistant Professor in European Law at the European Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam. She holds a double doctoral degree (2010-2014) from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Institute for European Studies) and the University of Geneva (Global Studies Institute). Her research focuses on European Union (EU) law, in particular EU institutional law, judicial politics, EU external relations and human rights law. In 2020-21, she is part of the Re:constitution Fellowship. Before joining the University of Amsterdam, Pola worked as Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher in Denmark (iCourts – the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen) and Switzerland (Global Studies Institute at the University of Geneva and Chair of Public International and European Law at the University of Fribourg).