Supranational Democracy Dialogue.

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1st edition, Lecce – April 26-27, 2018




 A Dialogue among Scholars, Civil Society and Creative Thinkers on Democratic Solutions to Global Challenges


The University of Salento will host a two-day event – the Supranational Democracy Dialogue– aimed at bringing together scholars of any background, NGO leaders, political activists, businessmen and all sort of innovative thinkers to discuss the big challenges that humanity is currently facing.

The main focus is on global governance, or better democratic global governance (a much less explored topic).

The event originates from the awareness that the most relevant political issues, nowadays, are – for size and complexity – out of reach of national states and need global solutions, after open inclusive debates.

Moreover, the unprecedented interconnectedness of the human family – together with the current level of technological development – has created virtual spaces where ideas can be exchanged and new democratic tools can be tested.

To involve civil society and practitioners, we invited to contribute people interested in four main issues, perfect as case studies on global governance: international migration policy and refugee protection; consequences and effects of climate change; fair-trade and sustainable development; the impact of innovation and disruptive technologies.

It came as a surprise to receive many abstracts about cross-cutting theoretical topics so, the final program was re-imagined to match the great suggestions received, to host sessions on the future of democracy (from local to global), on the reform of global institutions, on development and new technologies, on migrations and human rights, on the European Union as a lab for supranational democracy.

Panellists arrive from the US, Australia, Russia, Israel, UK, Nederland, Germany, Poland, Belgium and, of course, Italy. Attendees will come from many different places as well.






LOCATION: Rettorato, Piazza Tancredi

8.00 – Registration


9.15 – Welcoming speech


Major of Lecce

Head of Department of Legal Sciences


9.30 Introduction to the Conference (Italian/English)

Professor Susanna Cafaro – Supranational Politics: the Time Has Come


LOCATION: Seminario, Piazza Duomo (English, with translation to Italian)


10.30 – SESSION I



Chair: Ferdinando Boero – University of Salento


Nick Duffell – Psychotherapist and Psychohistorian, London, UK

The Identity Block. Why initiatives Towards Supranational Democracy and Governance Must Incorporate a Depth-psychological Perspective if They Are to Succeed


Charis Edenhofer – Founder Uniting Cultures and We are One, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Peace – a Consciousness Evolution


Myra Jackson UN Permanent Representative and Focal Point on Climate Change, Diplomat of the Biosphere, Washington DC, USA

Earth Renaissance: Perturbations of a Changing Planet


Sarah Hautzinger – Professor, Anthropology Department, Colorado College, USA

Mobilizing for Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change: The Global in Local Dialogue


Fabio Marcelli – Research Director, Institute for International Legal Studies, CNR, Italy

Participatory Democracy: Myth or Reality?



Planned interventions


Stefano Grasso – MSc in Plant and Animal Biotechnology, University of Udine, Italy

Educated Democracy: Creating the Tools for an Aware Democratic System


Open Debate


12.00 – SESSION II



Round Table I (co-hosted by UNHRD and UNGSC): Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the contribution of UNHRD and UNGSC


Marta Laurienzo UNHRD Brindisi Manager & Deputy Network Coordinator WFP-UNHRD

How UNHRD Anticipated the Key Role of Partnership for the Goals


Jacqueline Amoko – Chief Environmental Unit, UNGSC

The Environmental Strategy for the Peacekeeping Missions


13.30 – Light Lunch


LOCATION: Seminario, Piazza Duomo (English, with translation to Italian)


15.00 – Keynote Speech

Chair: Susanna Cafaro – University of Salento

Joe McCannon Co-founder, The Billions Institute, Shared Nations, Boston, USA

Shared Nation: An Experiment in Global Democracy


15.30 – Round Table II: New Paths for Global Interaction
Chair: Giuseppe Gioffredi – University of Salento

Giammichele De Maio Senior Food Security Officer – CFS Secretariat, Rome, Italy

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS): an Inclusive Platform to Tackle Global Complexities


Joseph Robertson Global Strategy Director, Citizens Climate Lobby, USA

The Talanoa Dialogue as a First Step in Supranational Democracy


Daniel Goldman Senior Advisor and Senior Counsel, Syntax LLC, USA; Gabriella Capone JD/MBA Candidate, Yale University; The Governance Lab at New York University, USA; and Diana McKeage MBA Candidate, Columbia Business School; BlocPower, PASSNYC, Khan Foundation, USA

Data-driven Distributed Governance: an Ecosystems Approach


Open Debate


16.40 – Coffee break 


17.00 – Round Table III: Suggestions for a Reform


Chair: Saverio Di Benedetto – University of Salento


Chris Hamer Secretary, World Citizens Association and Honorary Associate Professor, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia

A World Community of Democratic Nations


Oded Gilad Director, One World, Movement for Global Democracy, Israel

The Climate Imperative for World Federalism


John Bunzl Businessman, co-author, “The SIMPOL Solution”, UK

Why global Agreements Are More Likely to Solve Global Challenges than Global Democracy


Open Debate


LOCATION: Officine Culturali Ergot, Piazzetta Falconieri (Italian only)


19.00 – Tavola rotonda organizzata dalla fondazione “Lavoro per la persona”

Lavoro e Cultura come Strumento di Democrazia: Pratiche di Inclusione


Coordina: Avvocato Mauro Spedicati

Con la partecipazione di: Antonella Agnoli, Luciana Delle Donne, Giorgio Tintino, Materahub


21.00 – Gala Dinner












LOCATION: Sala Consiliare della Provincia, Palazzo dei Celestini, Via Umberto I (English, with translation to Italian)





Chair: Luigi Nuzzo University of Salento


Yvonne Forsen Deputy Head of WFP Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit, Rome, Italy

At the Root of Exodus: Food Security, Conflict and International Migration


Attilio Pisanò Professor, University of Salento, Italy

Borders and Migrations: a Challenge for Human Rights


Eirikur Bergmann Professor, Bifrost University, Iceland

Anti-immigrant Conspiracy Theories of Right-wing Nationalist Populists in Europe – and How to Respond to Them –


Open Debate


11.00 – Coffee Break

Izabela & Peter Schiffauer Professors, WSB University in Wrocław, Poland, and Hagen University, Germany

Refugee Protection, Political Asylum and Economic Migration: Subject to Democratic Contingency?


Ioannis Papageorgiou Professor, Department of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Overcoming the ‘Refugee Crisis’ Debate – a single European Refugee Status


Planned Interventions


Alina Szabó PhD Lecturer at Law Faculty, George Bacovia University of Bacau, Romania

National Security as a Ground to Refuse Asylum and Refugee Protection. The Romanian Experience


Anna Iermano PhD University of Salerno, Italy, and Valeria Tevere – PhD Candidate, University of Salerno, Italy

Homosexual Asylum Seekers within the European Union


Open Debate


13.00 – Light Lunch


14.30 – SESSION IV



Chair: Susanna Cafaro University of Salento


Luigi Sammartino PhD, University of Bologna, Italy

Participation of Civil Society in Sustainable Development and Fair Trade: A new Frontier for International Cooperation


Dena Freeman Senior Visiting Fellow, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

The Regulation of Transnational Corporations: What Role for Supra-National Democracy?


Andrea Spedicati Co-founder and CEO of AR Dream, Italy

The IV Industrial Revolution and its Technologies: a Global Challenge


Planned Interventions


Maria Augusta Fioruzzi – CEO and founding partner of De Simone & Partners SpA, Rome, Italy; Domenico Demarinis Adjunct Professor of Fashion Law and Intellectual Property Law at UNINT, Rome, Italy, Lawyer at De Simone & Partners SpA, Rome, Italy; and Sara Cavagnero – Humanitarian Diplomacy Office, Italian Red Cross, Rome, Italy

Behind the Label: Rethinking Sustainability in the Fashion Industry


Rosa Stella De Fazio PhD, University of Naples, Italy

The International Protection of Human Rights in Transnational Businesses Activities


Open Debate


16.30 – Coffee Break







17.00 – SESSION V



Chair: Daniele De Luca – University of Salento


Oleg Volgin Professor, Department of State Governance and Law, Moscow Institute of International Relations, MGIMO University, Russia

The Supranational Democracy and the Public Will


Fabio Masini Professor, Department of Political Sciences, University of Rome III, Italy

Imaging Multilevel Democratic Economic Governance?


Diletta De Cicco Legal Consultant, Mayer Brown, Brussels, Belgium, and Mario Pagano – PhD Candidate, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Public interest Litigation before European Courts: a Light at the End of the Tunnel?


Planned Interventions


Federico Bonomi – Student, IUSS and University of Pavia and Representative of RIASISSU, Association of Italian Excellence Schools, Italy

European Instruments for Environmental Policy and Resources for Supranational Democracy


Audric Alexandre – Chargé de mission chez PACE, France

PACE: a European Transnational Party


Open Debate



20.00 – Apulian Wine and Food Excellence Party


Presentation of the conclusions: the Supranational Democracy Manifesto

Presentation of Unisalento

Music & Wine










The registration is required to attend the event



Free full conference pass for Unisalento students (registration before the deadline)

– 60 euros: full conference pass

– 120 euros: full conference pass plus gala dinner on April 26

(Full conference pass includes: five sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, closing party.)


Late registration – on-line and on the spot – available with an extra payment of  50 euros


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Scientific Coordinators: Susanna Cafaro, Saverio Di Benedetto


Organizing Committee: Simone De Michele, Giuseppe Gioffredi, Claudia Morini, Silvia Solidoro, Rosa Stella De Fazio, Mauro Spedicati, Francesca Leucci, Stefania Attolini, Angelo Ardito, Melania Vicentelli.


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We thank for the precious support:

  • Commissione paritetica docenti-studenti dei C.d.L. di area politologica.
  • Democracy Without Borders
  • Workable World Trust
  • Consorzio di tutela del Primitivo di Manduria
  • Consorzio di tutela Salice Salentino
  • Elsa Lecce
  • Pasticceria Martinucci
  • Vesta Hotels




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