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International Colloquium 'The Democratic Legitimacy of State Secrecy'

Wednesday 13 September 2017 - Friday 15 September 2017
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Faculty Room Law


Whereas transparency is the mantra of democracy, states routinely resort to secrecy in exercising executive and legislative power. Can state secrecy be democratically justified? What balance between transparency and secrecy should we seek?

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dorota Mokrosinska.


Wednesday 13 September 2017

Venue: Faculty Club-Faculty Room Law, Rapenburg 73, Leiden

11:00 - 11:30

Registration and welcome, Faculty Room Law

11.30 - 12.30


12.30 -13:45

Keynote Lecture

Simone Chambers (Political Science, University of California at Irvine)
Democracy, publicity and truth: Should we be worried about post-truth politics? Abstract

Chair and commentator: Robin Celikates (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam)

13:45 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:30

Mark Warren (Political Science, University of British Columbia) and Jane Mansbridge (Harvard University)
The Democratic Legitimacy of Closed-Door Deliberations Abstract

Chair and commentator: Imke Maessen (Philosophy, Leiden)

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 17:15

William Smith (Government and Public Administration, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Civil Disobedience and Unauthorized Whistleblowing Abstract

Chair and commentator: Manohar Kumar (Aix-Marseille School of Economics)




Thursday 14 September 2017  

Venue: Paviljoen in Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden


Coffee & tea, Museum Volkenkunde

09:30 - 10:45

Keynote Lecture

Rahul Sagar (Political Science, New York University Abu Dhabi)
Democracy's Limit. A Realist Response to the Quest for Transparency Abstract

Chair and commentator: Glen Newey (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam)

10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:30

Eric R. Boot (Philosophy, Leiden University) Obligatory Whistleblowing: Civil Servants and the Complicity-Based Obligation to Disclose Government Wrongdoing Abstract

Chair and commentator: Daniele Santoro (Political Science, Luiss University, Rome)

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 – 14:45

Emanuela Ceva (Political and Social Science, Pavia)
Personal Trust, Public Accountability, and the Justification of Whistleblowing Abstract

Chair and commentator: Carlos Caycedo Casallas ( PHilosophy, Unversity of Amsterdam)



15:15 – 16:30

Candice Delmas (Philosophy, Northeastern University)
Government Whistleblowing and Civil Disobedience Abstract

Chair and commentator: Michele Bocchiola (Political and Social Science, Pavia)

17:00 – 18:00

Boat tour


Friday 15 September 2017

Venue: Faculty Club-Faculty Room Law, Rapenburg 73, Leiden


Coffee & tea, Faculty Room Law

09:30 - 10:45

Keynote Lecture

Jonathan Bruno (Government, Harvard University)
How Representation Bears on the Justification of Official Secrecy Abstract

Chair and commentator: Thomas Fossen (Philosophy, Leiden University)

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 – 12:15

Dorota Mokrosinska (Philosophy, Leiden University)
The Right to Know and State Secrecy Abstract

Chair and commentator: Gijs van Donselaar (Philosophy, University of Amsterdam)

12:15 – 13:45

Mark Fenster (Law, University of Florida)
The Difficult Paths to a Right to Know Abstract

Chair and commentator: Bruno Verbeek (Philosophy, Leiden University)

13:45 Lunch


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