Keynote speakers 2012

The panel discussions and keynote lectures are offered by leading scholars of several disciplines teaching at SUN, who will share their latest research, ideas and opinions. All these events are followed by a question and answer period when the speakers take and answer questions from the audience.

1. Public panel discussion on

"The Arab Awakening:Will it Lead to Open, Democratic Societies?"

presented by the "Leadership and Management for Integrity" SUN course

Date: 5:30 pm, Monday, July 2, 2012
Venue: Auditorium, CEU, Nador u. 9

Welcome remarks: John Shattuck, President and Rector of CEU


Hadeel Qazzaz (Palestine), civil society activist, Feminist, Programme Director at Tiri-Integrity Action, resides in an Occupied Territory where the effects and consequences of the Arab Awakening remain uncertain.

Tahreer Abed (Egypt), activist and scholar from Palestine, currently lives in Egypt and works at the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies of the American University in Cairo, has been closely following the revolution in Egypt.

Ramsey Tesdell (Jordan), founder of in 2007, works in citizen media, social media and digital storytelling, has a special interest in the role of social and new media in empowering people, community mobilization and community building at this critical stage in the Arab world.


Fredrik Galtung (Norway), Chief Executive of Tiri-Integrity Action, which is based in London, and has a growing interest in connection between integrity challenges and mass mobilization in the Middle East. 

The tipping point for the Tunisian social revolution and the social uprising in Egypt was public outrage at the combination of grand and everyday corruption that permeated so much of the politics, society and economy of both countries. Citizens connected the restrictions on civil and political liberties, high levels of unemployment and economic injustice with widespread maladministration and abuse of office. A generational opportunity has been created across much of the Arab world. Where does it go from here? Is there a demand for open, democratic societies?  What will this mean in the Arab world?

In 2011 the CEU Business School, in partnership with Tiri, started a 5-year programme on integrity education with the support of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

2. Public panel discussion on

"Who Can Erase the Traces? -The Role of Archives in the Promotion of Human Rights"

presented by the "Policies and Practices in Access to Digital Archives: Towards a New Research and Policy Agenda" SUN course 

Date and time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 5, 2012
Venue: Popper Room, CEU, Nador u. 9


Gabrijela Gavran, War Crimes Database Manager, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Zagreb

Gabriella Ivacs, Chief Archivist, Open Society Archives, Budapest

Nikola Mokrović, Archivist, Documenta, Zagreb

Alice Nemcova, Senior Documentation and Information Assistant, OSCE, Prague

Stana Tadić Pantić, Chief Archivist, Humanitarian Law Center, Belgrade

Csaba Szilágyi (Moderator), Head of the Human Rights Program, Open Society Archives, Budapest

This panel discussion brings together archivists and other practitioners to consider the role and responsibilities of human rights archives in preserving historical memory, pursuing justice and facilitating reconciliation and historical dialogue in post-conflict societies. Speakers will share personal experiences and best practices drawn from their work with human rights documents and with archives.

3. Public panel discussion on

"Does Litigation Prevent Torture and Ill-Treatment?"

presented jointly by the "Human Rights and Drug Policy, Mental Disability Law and Human Rights Litigation" SUN courses

Date: 18:00 - 19:30, Monday, July 16, 2012
Venue: Auditorium, CEU, Nador u. 9


Charles Halpern, Director of the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law

Lycette Nelson, Litigation Director, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Hungary

Wiktor Osiatynski, Open Society Justice Initiative, Poland/Visiting Professor, Legal Studies Department, CEU

Rupert Skilbeck, Litigation Director, Open Society Justice Initiative


Oliver Lewis, Executive Director, Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Hungary

The panel offers summer school participants the opportunity to discuss a theme which cuts across all courses taking place in mid July. The panel will bring together litigators from various domains (disability, drug policy, prisons, litigation) to discuss the use and limitations of litigation to remedy and prevent torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Panelists will each give a ten-minute presentation, and there will then be a moderated Q&A in which summer school participants are welcome to participate. 

4. Public lecture on

"The Creation of the Penal State in America" 

presented by the Managing Social Vulnerability SUN course

Date: 18:00 - 19:30, Tuesday July 17, 2012
Venue: Auditorium, Nador u. 9

Guest Speaker: Craig Haney, Professor, Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA 

This lecture will discuss, analyze, and illustrate the way in which mass incarceration that occurred over the last several decades in the United States transformed the American prison system, changed the norms of punishment, and undermined American values.

Professor Haney is one of the foremost experts on the prison system in the United States. He has been working on prison-related issues for over 40 years, beginning with the classic Stanford Prison Experiment of which he was a primary researcher. Since then, his research has addressed various legal and civil rights issues. He has done groundbreaking work on the social-psychological effects of solitary confinement and other forms of incarceration. He has done extensive research on the social histories of persons accused or convicted of serious violent crimes. He has also testified in hundreds of criminal cases on the social histories of defendants as well as offered assessments of institutional environments and prison conditions in the state and federal justice systems.

Professor Haney and his students are currently involved in a wide range of research projects including examining criminogenic social histories, the psychological effects of different forms of incarceration, the role of pre-trial publicity in creating juror prejudice and pre-judgment, and the structure of criminal justice attitudes and the mechanisms that underlie discriminatory legal decision making.