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The Illiberalist’s Temptation of Democracy

21 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A new form of democracy is giving birth. A disturbing, profound movement of the yellow vests, like the great Jacqueries – the famous peasant revolts in the Middle Ages in France, carries the risk of contagion throughout Europe and is jeopardizing the liberal democratic model. At this event, we will explore the Illiberalist’s temptations of democracies.

By kind invitation of Lord Risby, the Henry Jackson Society and the Hexagon Society is delighted to invite you to join François Zimeray and Pascal Bruckner for an in-depth panel discussion about the risks to the liberal democratic model.



François Zimeray – an international lawyer, formerly serving as the French Human Rights Ambassador and as a Member of the European Parliament. Called to the Paris Bar in 1987, François has extensive experience dealing with complex international legal challenges, for individuals, corporations and governments. As a member of the European Parliament, he served on the Legal Affairs Committee and contributed to the preparatory works for the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the creation of a European mutual assistance in criminal matters. His areas of expertise include international human rights, business and human rights, arbitration and transnational crimes.



Pascal Bruckner is a French writer and one of the “New Philosophers” who came to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s. Much of his work has been devoted to critiques of French society and culture. Bruckner’s polemic stance against multiculturalism has kindled international debate.



Vladislav Davidzon is the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Odessa Review and is Tablet Magazine’s European culture critic. His literary criticism and reportage have appeared in Bookforum,The American Interest, The New York Observer, World Affairs Journal, Foreign Policy, The Forward, and the Atlantic Council’s Atlanticist. He holds a degree in human rights from the EMA program in Venice, Italy. He has reported widely from Eastern Europe, France, and Ukraine, and was previously Ukraine Today’s Paris correspondent.



James Rogers is Director of the ‘Global Britain’ Programme at the Henry Jackson Society, of which he is a founding member. Formerly, he held a number of positions at the Baltic Defence College in Estonia and has worked at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris.



Lord Risby is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He served as Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds from 1992 to 1997, and for West Suffolk from 1997 to 2010. He joined the House of Lords in 2010 and is currently the British Trade Envoy to Algeria.



You can RSVP for your tickets HERE.





Committee Room 1, House of Lords
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


François Zimeray


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