Online Lecture Series

Online Lecture Series

NORFACE Governance presenting Online Lecture Series

In this Online Lecture series, academic and professional experts present their findings or views on “Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age.” These seminars will address at least one of the five core themes of the project. Professional experts include policymakers, democratic representatives, communication professionals, law professionals, and journalists.




First session of Online Lecture Series with Prof. Dr. Rune Slothuus (Aarhus University)

The first session of the Online Lecture Series was held by Prof. Dr. Rune Slothuus from Aarhus University on October 4th at 14:00 via ZOOM with the topic:

"Do Political Parties Do Anything Good to Public Opinion?".

Many are concerned that cues from political parties lead citizens to "blindly" support policies of their party, dismiss facts and arguments not favorable to their party, and voice animosity towards members of opposing partisan groups. This presentation explores the reverse perspective: that parties help citizens to get informed about policy substance and to make enlightened political choices consonant with their values. Evidence from a series of experimental and panel surveys suggest parties might play a more constructive and informative role in democracy than they are usually credited for in existing research.






Second session of Online Lecture Series with Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă (University of Freiburg)

The second session of the Online Lecture Series was held by Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă from the University of Freiburg on February 23rd with the topic:

"Brothers in Crime? Occidentalist Citizenship Policies in Unequal Europe".

Citizenship is a core mechanism for the maintenance of global inequalities in a world capitalist system. It is on the basis of citizenship that the reproduction of global inequalities in the postcolonial present, i.e., their coloniality, is being enacted. The commodification of citizenship to the benefit of non-Western wealthy investors one the one hand, and its policing and restriction for labor migrants on the other, currently signal an economic and epistemic renegotiation of citizenship, respectively. The paper focuses on the role of the European East in these negotiations, arguing that, as often in its history, the region is a geopolitical and epistemic buffer zone that often withstands pressure from the Western core by passing it on to non-European others and thus reproducing Occidentalist premises.

Third session of Online Lecture Series with Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

The second session of the Online Lecture Series was held by Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert and Barbara Lazarotto from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Prof. Dr. Jean-Bernard AUBY from Sciences Po Paris with the topic: with the topic:

"Should the state be smart?".


"Smart" has become a fashion trend buzzword which has been adopted by governments in pursuit of objectivity and rationality. This pursuit of "smartness" has posed new constitutional and political challenges that need to be addressed. This lecture reflects on the question "smartness to whom?" and whether governments can, and should, be smart at all.


Paul De Hert is a professor of law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is the Director of the research group on Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC) and a senior member of the research group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS). Paul De Hert is also associated-professor Law and Technology at the Tilburg Institute for Law and Technology (TILT).

Barbara Lazarotto is a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action Fellow at Horizon 2020 project LeADS at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Jean-Bernard AUBY is an Emeritus Professor of Public Law, Sciences Po Paris – Former Director of “Mutations de l’Action Publique et du Droit Public” («Changes in Governance and Public Law»), Former Deputy Director of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.

The event was held online and in person at:

University of Luxembourg
Campus Kirchberg – Weicker Building
room B001 (ground floor)
4, rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg