Patterns of Dysfunction in Contemporary Democracies; Impact on Human Rights and Governance

The study сircle endeavours to study different patterns of dysfunction in contemporary democracies and in particular the insidious processes which undermine the traditional canons of liberal democracy, notably encapsulated in the rule of law and human rights. Many factors are involved in these insidious processes and the state of the various democracies can be seen as nodal points between different factors that are criss-crossing and thus creating a unique constellation: populism, nationalism, corruption, fear, social isolation, ignorance, poverty, luxury, injustice, rootlessness in its various forms are signs of unbalances within democracies on both the global, national and local levels. Studying this theme, we will put a special emphasis on the situation in the Nordic and Baltic Countries and subsidiarily Eastern Europe. We will do this as a joint venture between the NSU and EHU. With our respective roots in the Nordic area and the Baltics/Belarus, our two institutions will be able to contribute with their particular experiences. We think that the eroding processes in the established democracies of the Nordic area and those accompanying the democracy building in the Baltic/Eastern European area can illuminate each other. Provocatively, one might wonder whether they are not converging toward some kind of illiberal democracy.


Women and the Social Gap

Please consult the trace on Sunday 2 August 12h00 – 14h00:

Please see PDF for further info: Women and the social gap

Summer Session 2020 – Call for Papers : THE ELITE-PEOPLE GAP

Winter Symposium 2020 – Program and Call for Papers : Democratic Deficit in the EU and Global Governance

Summer Session 2019 – Program and Call for Papers : SECURITY AND DEMOCRACY

Winter Symposium 2019 – Program & Call for Papers : THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION AND DEMOCRACY

Event in Paris with NSU partnership: Esthétique environnementale et citoyenneté : See: Program & affiche (French)

NSU Summer Session 2018 – Program and Call for Papers : GLOBALIZATION AND DEMOCRACY

5th International Workshop on Law and Ideology: Central and Eastern European Constitutional Liberal Democracy in Crisis – May 24-25 2018 in Vilnius – to which NSU is proudly a partner: Program and Call for Papers and program for side-event about the Muslim community in Copenhagen.

Description of the Study Circle.


Oleg Bresky (Belarus/Lithuania)
Coordinator Study Circle 5
oleg.bresky [at]
Study Circle 5: International Relations and Human Rights

Mogens Chrom Jacobsen (Denmark)
Coordinator Study Circle 5, Deputy Denmark 2017-2019, Board member 2019
chrom [at]
Board Member Denmark 2019, Deputy Denmark 2017, Coordinator Study Circle 5: International Relations and Human Rights

Barbara Zyzda (Poland)
Coordinator Study Circle 5

Study Circle 5: Patterns of Dysfunction in Contemporary Democracies; Impact on Human Rights and Governance