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Nationalism, populism and identities:
contemporary challenges

Fide presents its International Congress II on Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges

4th, 5th & 6th April 2022

Jesus College, University of Oxford

Objetives

The objective of this Congress is to bring together a group of professionals with extensive experience in the subjects proposed for deliberation (see below) so that, from different perspectives, drawing on areas of knowledge and expertise from several countries, in-depth discussions and analyses of the issues can take place. Ultimately, the Working Groups will articulate a set of conclusions and recommendations to be published and disseminated among decision-makers, organizations, industry leaders, and experts with a view to their consideration by the competent authorities.

Congress Directors

Cristina Jiménez

Presidente of the Fide Foundation

Christopher Muttukumaru

Chair of Fide’s International Academic Council

The Congress is being guided by the strategic advice of Fide’s International Academic Council.

CONGRESS WORKING GROUPS AND PANELS

The overarching topic of the congress is Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges. In the global context, the growth of nationalism and populism is one of the greatest challenges facing not only Europe but also North and South America and the Asia Pacific. This can be a destructive force if it means that states retreat into an isolationist mindset and away from effective multilateral solutions to perceived cross-border problems.

Nationalism is a form of identity politics and is not to be assumed to be always a negative force. However, the increasing tendency towards radical nationalism and in turn exclusionist populism, even when presented as nationalism, constitutes a major challenge to democracy and the rule of law. Populism can undermine trust in institutions and give rise to intolerance within society. Within the European context, and in addition to the broader international context, there are specific, disturbing populist trends in the EU and the EU’s focus has inevitably turned more strongly towards a number of internal challenges which might pose a serious challenge to the EU’s central aims and its adherence to fundamental rights.

A form of nationalism or identity politics is also discernible in the movement in Europe for more devolved powers or for secession and independence. A related question is whether opportunities for devolved administrations on the international stage might provide a dynamic alternative to independence, whether on their own or in conjunction with purely national or sub-regional measures.

Finally, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the greatest economic and health crisis seen in 100 years. Within the EU and beyond it, emergency powers have been used to close borders unilaterally and to restrict people movement on the ground of protection of public health. The problems over the EU’s Covid-19 rescue packages evidenced at the Council meeting in July 2020 have exposed severe fault lines in EU solidarity, leading some commentators to question the future of the common European project.

The congress is organized under the following topics of discussion, for which working groups of relevant experts have been organized to draft the pertinent papers.

Working Group 1

Nationalism and populism at the national level

The overarching topic of the congress is Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges. In the global context, the growth of nationalism and populism is one of the greatest challenges facing not only Europe but also North and South America and the Asia Pacific.

Working Group 2

Constitutional, legal, or governance questions in the context of Nationalism

The overarching topic of the congress is Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges. In the global context, the growth of nationalism and populism is one of the greatest challenges facing not only Europe but also North and South America and the Asia Pacific.

Working Group 3

Challenges to the EU:
Refugee externalisation policies: nationalism and humanitarianism

The overarching topic of the congress is Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges. In the global context, the growth of nationalism and populism is one of the greatest challenges facing not only Europe but also North and South America and the Asia Pacific.

Working Group 4

Nationalism in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic

The overarching topic of the congress is Nationalism, populism, and identities: contemporary challenges. In the global context, the growth of nationalism and populism is one of the greatest challenges facing not only Europe but also North and South America and the Asia Pacific.

Working Group 5

Nationalism, populism, and the economy

  1. Sub-group 1: Globalisation and Populism
  2. Sub-group 2: The Future of the EU Project
  3. Sub-group 3: Populism and Inequality

The Congress will also cover other cross-cutting issues, using free-standing panels on Environmental and climate change issues, with specific reference to the outcome of the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 in November 2021 in Glasgow, and on misinformation and free speech in modern democratic societies.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE CONGRESS

Constructive friends

  • Rosario Cospedal García, General Director of Genómica.
  • Frédéric Jenny, Economics Department, ESSEC Business. Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics.
  • Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA.
  • Marie-Pierre Rey, Director of the Sorbonne research unit “Identities, international relations, and civilizations of Europe”, Professor of Modern History at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne, and specialist of Russian-European relations.
  • Derrick Wyatt QC, Emeritus Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford and formerly a member of Brick Court Chambers, London.

Coordinators and members of the Groups

  •  Jesús Almoguera, Lawyer at J. Almoguera Abogados. Specialised in arbitration, complex corporate and financial litigation and restructuring. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Hermenegildo Altozano, Partner in charge of the energy and natural resources practice in the Madrid office of Bird&Bird. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Mariano Bacigalupo, Member of the Board of the Spanish Competition and Regulatory Authority (CNMC). Professor of Administrative Law at the Spanish Open University (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED). Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Stefania Baroncelli, Tenured full professor, Public and European Union Law, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano.
  • Senén Barro, Scientific Director of the CiTIUS-Research Center in Intelligent Technologies of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Maria Pilar Canedo, Advisor of the National Commission of the Markets and of the Competition.
  • Sonsoles Centeno Huerta, Head of the Legal Service before the Court of Justice of the European Union, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spain.
  • Enrique Chamorro, Partner in the Department of M&A and Private Equity at DLA Piper. Collaborator with the DLA Piper Committee of Latin America.
  • Amanda Cohen, Specialist senior judge by the General Council of the Judiciary in commercial matters. Advisor in the Ministry of Justice on commercial matters at the national and international level. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Manuel Conthe, Independent arbitrator.
  • Miguel de la Mano, Executive Vice President in Compass Lexecon’s Brussels office.
  • Francisco de la Torre, Tax Inspector.
  • Federico de Montalvo, President of the Spanish Bioethics Committee, IBC UNESCO.
  • Margarita del Val, Research Scientist at CSIC, Head of the Viral Immunology Group at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre (CSIC-UAM), member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Vaccines of the Community of Madrid.
  • Rafael Domínguez Olivera, State Lawyer and currently the Head of the Legal Service to the Ministry of Transportation, Mobility and Urban Agenda of Spain. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Joaquín Echánove, Partner in the DLA Piper’s Corporate practice at the Madrid office.
  • Juan Espinosa, Partner at Silverback Advocacy.
  • Gabriele Gagliani, Lecturer and Researcher in International Law, Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, USA, International Consultant in International Economic Law.
  • Paula García Andrade, Professor specialising in EU law, who has worked extensively on EU migration policies, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid.
  • Cecilia García-Peñalosa, Senior research fellow at GREQAM (Aix-Marseille University) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
  • María Garrote, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, Complutense University of Madrid.
  • Daniel Innerarity, Professor of political and social philosophy, IKERBASQUE researcher at the University of the Basque Country, and Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance. He is a part-time lecturer at the European University Institute in Florence.
  • Fernando Irurzun Montoro, Partner in charge of Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in Clifford Chance Spain.
  • Gabriel López Serrano, Attorney & Government Affairs Director at Microsoft.
  • Laurent Manderieux, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at L. Bocconi University of Milan, Italy. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Elisabetta Marafioti, Associate Professor of Business & Economics and Director of Research Center, Bicocca University, Milan Italy.
  • Juan Martínez Calvo, Partner in Simmons & Simmons, Madrid office, whose practice is focused on the energy and infrastructure sectors, advising funds, developers, contractors, lenders and public bodies.
  • Juan Mora-Sanguinetti, Senior Economist at the Banco de España-Eurosystem, where he is also an elected member of the National Works Council and was president of the Association of Economists. Member of Fide’s Academic Council.
  • Violeta Moreno-Lax, Reader in Law, founder of the Immigration Law programme, and Co-Founder and former Co-Director of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) at Queen Mary University of London.
  • Rafael Morlanes Fernández, Public Prosecutor (Public Prosecutor office of Madrid). Member of Fide’s Academic Council
  • Pierluigi Musarò, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna.
  • Ulla Neergaard, Professor in EU Law, University of Copenhagen. President of the Danish Association of European Law
  • Ramón Palacín, Managing Partner, EY Abogados.
  • Joe Perkins, Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Compass Lexecon based in London.
  • Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, Law Faculty, Ney York University.
  • Kadambari Prasad, Vice President at Compass Lexecon, based in London.
  • Luis Ques Mena, Partner at EY Abogados.
  • Juan Rivera, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting.
  • Daniel Rodríguez Bravo, Partner in CMS Rodriguez-Azuero, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras, Professor of Commercial Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid. Counsel at Andersen.
  • Concha Serrano, Director of Institutional Relations at Pfizer S.L.U.
  • Guillermo Serrano, Public Policy Manager, Spain & Portugal at Facebook.
  • Claudia Tazreiter, Professor in Ethnicity and Migration Studies, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) Linköping University, Department of Culture and Society (IKOS). Previously Associate Professor Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW (Sydney).
  • Julio Veloso Caro, Partner Corporate Finance: M&A & Private Funds.

Fide’s International Academic Council (IAC)

  •  Reiko Aoki, Commissioner of Japan Fair Trade Commission. Associate Professor of
  • Economics at the University of Auckland.
  • Rosario Cospedal García, General Director of Genómica.
  • Manuel Desantes, Professor of Private International Law at the University of Alicante since 1992 and Member [of the council] of the firm Elzaburu.
  • Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, Lawyer and partner of Elzaburu.
  • Frédéric Jenny, Emeritus Professor, Economics Department, ESSEC Business School. Co-Director of the European Center for Law and Economics.
  • Cristina Jiménez Savurido, President and founder of Fide.
  • Christopher Muttukumaru, CB DL, Barrister and chair of Fide’s International Academic Council.
  • Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA.
  • Marie-Pierre Rey, Director of the Sorbonne research unit “Identities, international relations, and civilizations of Europe”, Professor of Modern History at the University Panthéon-Sorbonne, and specialist of Russian-European relations.
  • Derrick Wyatt QC, Emeritus Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford and formerly a member of Brick Court Chambers, London.

DIRECTORS:

  • Cristina Jiménez Savurido, President and Founder, Fide
  • Christopher Muttukumaru, CB DL, barrister. Formerly General Counsel, UK Department for Consultant, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Member of FIDE Foundation’s Academic Council and Chair of Fide’s International Council.

COORDINATORS:

  • Victoria Dal Lago Demmi, Academic Coordinator, Fide Foundation
  • Cristina Arribas Jiménez, Sustainable Development, Fide Foundation
  • Emilia Malacalza, Deputy Academic Coordinator, Fide Foundation

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Date and place: The congress will be held on 4th, 5th and 6th April, at the Jesus College, Oxford.
  • Language: English.
  • Registration fee: 800€, including lunches, coffees and dinners during the Congress, documentations, assistance and support for the arrangements related to the accommodation and transport.
  • Travel and transfers to Oxford and accommodations are not included in this registration fee.
  • Registration: Fide Foundation (+34 91 435 92 39 or fidefundacion@thinkfide.com)

CONTACT

If you would like to know more about the congress, contents or register your interest to assist please contact Victoria Dal Lago (victoria.dallago@thinkfide.com), Cristina Arribas (cristina.arribas@thinkfide.com) or Emilia Malacalza (emilia.malacalza@thinkfide.com).

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