How Can We Reverse Democratic Backsliding?

Thursday, September 29, 2022 09:00toFriday, September 30, 2022 17:00
Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA




A workshop/conference co-hosted by the Canadian International Council, McGill University and Toronto Metropolitan University

29-30 September 2022 McGill University

Thomson House Ballroom

3650 McTavish St Montreal, Quebec

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Thursday, 29 September


9:00 Opening remarks and welcome


  • Erik Kuhonta, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

  • Ben Rowswell, President, Canadian International Council

  • Sanjay Ruparelia, Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, Toronto Metropolitan University

  • Rob Oliphant (by video), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Goverment of Canada

  • Susanne Aschi-Glesius, Consul General of Germany to Quebec


9:30 Panel #1: Electoral Processes and Political Parties


  • Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts

  • Erik Kuhonta, Director, ISID


10:45 Break


11:00 Panel #2: Business and Politics of Corruption


  • Manuel Balan, Associate Dean of Arts, McGill University

  • Antoinette Handley, Professor and Chair of Political Science, University of Toronto


12:15 Lunch


  • Remarks by Frank Priess, Deputy Head, European and International Cooperation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

  • Introduced by Norbert Eschborn, Director, KAS Canada


13:45 Panel #3: Political, Social, and Economic Roots of Backsliding


  • Max Cameron, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia

  • Sanjay Ruparelia, Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, TMU


15:00 Break


15:30 Keynote address


  • Charles Taylor, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, McGill University

  • Introduced by Sanjay Ruparelia, Jarislowsky Democracy Chair, TMU


17:00 Reception



Friday, 30 September


11:00 Welcome


11:15 Initiatives for Democratic Solidarity: Disinformation

  • Chair: Rohinton Medhora, Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • Presenter: Ulrike Klinger, European New School for Digital Studies (by video)


12:15 Luncheon address


  • Michael Ignatieff, Professor of History, Central European University (by video)

  • Introduced by Ben Rowswell, President, CIC


13:30 Initiatives for Democratic Solidarity: Anti-Corruption

  • Chair: Susan Cote-Freeman, Transparency International Canada

  • Presenter: Jon Allen, Transparency International Canada



14:30 Initiatives for Democratic Solidarity: Migration

  • Chair: Christopher Neal, CIC Montreal

  • Presenter: Craig Damian Smith, Toronto Metropolitan University


15:30 Break


15:45 Initiatives for Democratic Solidarity: Managing the Polycrisis in Low-income Countries

  • Chair: Arif Lalani, CIGI Fellow

  • Presenter: Jean-François Tardif, CIC


16:45 Democratic Solidarity as a Response to Democratic Backsliding

  • Erik Kuhonta, Director, ISID

  • Ben Rowswell, President, CIC


17:30 End of conference

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