6-8 March 2020
Centro de Conferencias Pablo VI, Madrid, Spain
6-8 March 2020
Centro de Conferencias Pablo VI
Madrid, Spain

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT LIBERTYCON
AT LIBERTYCON YOU WILL FIND INSPIRING SPEAKERS
In the past, we’ve had speakers like prince Michael Von Liechtenstein, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Tom Palmer, David Friedman, Lawrence Reed or Kate Andrews. This year, Juan Ramon Rallo, David Friedman and other amazing speakers will share their knowledge to inspire and challenge us to become stronger pro-liberty advocates.
AT LIBERTYCON YOU WILL FIND EMPOWERING TALKS AND WORKSHOPS!
This year our program will include discussions about the challenge of immigration and multiculturalism, free-market solutions for environmental problems, the viability of the current welfare states and the ideas of an open society, that are crucial for our present and mainly for our future as European citizens.

Speakers

Patrik Schumacher

He is the principal of Zaha Hadid Architects and has been leading the firm since Zaha Hadid’s passing in March 2016.

He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988 and his role was vital towards developing Zaha Hadid Architects to become a 400 strong global architecture and design brand. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy, mathematics and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and London. He received his diploma in architecture in 1990. 

He has served as a partner since 2003 and has co-authored on all projects. In 2010, Patrik Schumacher won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture together with Zaha Hadid, for MAXXI, the National Italian Museum for Art and Architecture of the 21st century in Rome. He is an academician of the Berlin Academy of Arts.

In 1996, he founded the Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association in London where he continues to teach. In 1999, he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University.

Patrik Schumacher lectures all over the world and is currently a guest professor at Harvard’s GSD. Over the last 20 years he has contributed over 100 articles to architectural journals and anthologies. 

Juan Ramón Rallo

He is one of the most important figures in libertarianism and the Austrian School of Economics in Spain. He is an economist, writer, professor, and media personality. He has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from Universidad de Valencia and a doctorate and master’s degree in economics from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid. 

He is currently a professor and co-director of the master’s degree program in economics at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín and the master’s degree program in economics at the Center for Advanced Online Studies of Madrid Manuel Ayau (OMMA).

He is also a professor of economics at IE University, and the former executive director of Instituto Juan de Mariana, Spain’s most important libertarian think tank. 

Juan Ramón collaborates as an economist for various highly prestigious Spanish media platforms with large audiences. He has also authored up to 14 books, some of which are best-sellers.

David Friedman

He is an academic economist with a doctorate in physics who has spent the past twenty-two years teaching at a law school. His first book, The Machinery of Freedom: Guide to a Radical Capitalism, was published in 1973 and includes a description of how a society with property rights and without government might function. Throughout his works, he offers a consequentialist defense of libertarianism.

One recent non-fiction book, Future Imperfect: Technology and Freedom in an Uncertain World, examines the implications of a variety of technological revolutions that might happen over the next few decades. His latest book is Legal Systems Very Different from Ours, covers systems from Periclean Athens through modern Amish and Romany societies, including some in where law enforcement was private and decentralized.

He is also the author of two novels, and, with his wife, has self-published a medieval and renaissance cookbook, and a book related to their hobby of historical recreation.

Antonella Marty

She is Associate Director of the Center for Latin America at the Atlas Network in Washington, DC, and Associate Director of the Center for American Studies of Fundación Libertad in Argentina.

She also studied International Relations at the Universidad Abierta Interamericana, and has written three books: The Populist Intellectual Dictatorship, What Every 21st Century Revolutionary Must Know, and Capitalism: An Antidote to Poverty.

Craig Biddle

He is editor of The Objective Standard and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing, and the forthcoming Forbidden Fruit for Teens: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. He is currently working on a new book, Thinking in Principles.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Prometheus Foundation.

Chandran Kukathas

He is Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University, where he holds the Lee Kong Chian Chair in Political Science. He was previously Head of the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, where he held the Chair of Political Theory. 

He is the author of a number of books including Hayek and Modern Liberalism, and The Liberal Archipelago. His next book, Immigration and Freedom, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in 2020.

Randy Barnett

He is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bradley Prize, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Northwestern, and Penn. He argued the medical marijuana case Gonzales v. Raich at the U.S. Supreme Court, and was a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business during their constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 

Professor Barnett has published 11 books and over 100 articles and reviews. His books include, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and The Rule of Law, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People, and his latest book and 63-video series is called, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, which was co-authored with Josh Blackman. Professor Barnett has appeared in numerous documentaries and portrayed a prosecutor in the sci-fi feature film Inalienable.

Trevor Burrus

Trevor Burrus is a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, legal history, and the interface between science and public policy. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others.

His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.

He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Deep Commitments: The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Liberty (Cato, 2017), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

John Lott

He is an economist and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime. Lott has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”

Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” His most recent books are “Dumbing Down the Courts: How politics keeps the smartest judges off the bench” and “The War on Guns.”

Steve Davies

Steve Davies is Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. He has held this position since 2010, although he has had connections with the IEA since he was an undergraduate at St Andrews University in 1972. From 1979 until 2009 he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. While there he taught courses on a range of topics, including world history, the history of crime and the criminal justice system in the UK, and the history of the Devil. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a programme Officer at the Institute for Humane Studies in Arlington, Virginia.

A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991) and wrote several entries for The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism edited by Ronald Hamowy (Sage, 2008), including the general introduction. He is also the author of Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity (Edward Everett Root, 2019), and of several articles and essays on topics including the private provision of public goods and the history of crime and criminal justice.

Kristijan Kotarski

He is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include international political economy, economic policy and the EU. He is Head of the Centre for European Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb and also serves professionally as a Director for the University of Zagreb specialist degree “Adaptation to the EU: Project Management, EU funds and EU programmes”.

Nina Ekelund

She is the Executive Director of the Haga Initiative, a business network that strives to reduce the business climate impact. The company members have decided to have net zero emissions by 2030, and think that is the way to be profitable. Nina is also the founder and partner of 2050 Consulting. She has a long and broad experience of networking, advising companies and inspiring companies and organizations about climate transition. She has, among other things, started several networks and is a frequently hired lecturer. She has over 25 years of experience in positioning environmental and climate issues through politics, research and business. She has also worked at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Administration in Stockholm. Nina has also been elected the most influential woman in environmental issues in Sweden and has also been an expert in the Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives which is responsible for setting new climate targets for Sweden.

Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Juan Carlos Hidalgo is a Costa Rican public policy analyst. His articles have been published in US media such as the International New York Times, Miami Herald, Forbes, Huffington Post, New York Post and leading Latin American newspapers such as El País (Spain), La Nación (Argentina), El Tiempo (Colombia), El Universal (Mexico) and El Mercurio (Chile). He is a columnist for La Nación, the main newspaper in Costa Rica. He also regularly participates as a commentator in international media such as CNN in Spanish, NTN24, France24, Voice of America, among others. He graduated in International Relations at the National University of Costa Rica and has a master's degree in International Trade and Public Policy from George Mason University.

Daniel Kaddik

Daniel Kaddik is the Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum (ELF), the political foundation of the European Liberal Party, the ALDE Party. Together with 46 member organisations, it works all over Europe to bring new ideas into the political debate, to provide a platform for discussion, and to empower citizens to make their voices heard. From 2012-2019, Daniel Kaddik has been the Director of the Southeast Europe office of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, a non-profit organisation that promotes liberal values, the rule of law, and economic freedom. Having worked previously for the Foundation in Germany, India, and Russia, Daniel Kaddik is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and personal and political responsibility. His primary interests lay in the fields of liberal policy solutions, economics and social sciences as well as entrepreneurship and citizen participation in governance.

Ana Palacio

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government, international lawyer specialist in European Law, Public International Law and Arbitration, founder and director of the law firm Palacio y Asociados. She has dedicated her professional life to the national and international public sector, and to private advisory services. In the public sector, she was a Member of the European Parliament between 1994 and 2002, the first Spanish woman who became Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004).

She is part of the Board of Directors at Enagás, Pharmar and AEE Power, of the Research Advisory Boards of Investcorp and Office Chérifies des Phosphates-OCP and of the International Governing Board of the IE Business School. He is also a member of the Councils of prestigious, foundations or think tanks, such as The Atlantic Council of the United States, Energy Futures Initiative, Sandra Day O'Connor Justice Prize, the Spain-US Council Foundation, the Institute of Human Sciences, the Global Leadership Foundation and the Elcano Royal Institute.

She is a visiting professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. And she collaborates periodically in various media, particularly through his monthly contributions to Project Syndicate, and regularly participates in conferences and forums.

LIBERTYCON 2019 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Over 900 attendees from all around the world, joined us in Belgrade for a 3-days event filled with speakers, socials, and debate.

We were joined by hundreds of students and partner organizations representatives from 47 different countries. We had many great speakers like Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Lawrence Reed, Tom Palmer and many others.

It was at LibertyCon that the European pro-liberty community came together and found the inspiration to continue their fight for the ideas of free markets and individual liberty.

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