Democracy in the 21st Century: Crisis or Opportunity?

International Symposium
September 12, 2020 in Prague, CZ

International Symposium Democracy in the 21st Century: Crisis or Opportunity?

"Every crisis has both its dangers and opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Democracy is undergoing a severe test because of the health, economic and social crisis. What are the consequences this situation will have for the functioning of states and free societies? Can the current crisis be seen as an opportunity to change for the better?

The coronavirus pandemic has restricted fundamental rights and freedoms of which the majority of the population has never experienced before. The traditional obstacles of democratic regimes are now combined with entirely new problems. Some of these future issues are still difficult to imagine, for example, effects of machine learning and artificial intelligence on upcoming political order.

The second year of the international symposium is focusing on the topic: Democracy in the 21st Century: Crisis or opportunity? and is organised by Institute H21 under the auspices of its founder, mathematician Karel Janeček, and Jan Horník, Vice-President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The symposium will take place in the spectacular premises of the Municipal House, which has been an essential place for meetings and discussions since time immemorial.

The symposium aims to open a constructive discussion on today's  pressing issues and problems, and thus help the world's society to turn the current crisis into an opportunity. Our mission is to invite international experts who will present a diverse collection of viewpoints to help us tackle hard questions about democracy in the 21st century; the topics are ranging from philosophy of democracy, political science, innovative voting systems to the role of technology in society.

Representatives and deputies of various international organisations, diplomatic missions, public sector, Czech and foreign think-tanks, and academia have already confirmed their attendance.

Simultaneous translation into Czech and English is going to be provided at the symposium.

What does the symposium have to offer?


Academic workers, international organisation representatives, public figures.


A day fulfilled with panels, discussions, and networking over tasty food in Municipal House in Prague, CZ.

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