Patterns of Dysfunction in Contemporary Democracies; Impact on Human Rights and Governance

The study сircle endeavours to study different patterns of dysfunction in contemporary democracies and in particular the insidious processes which undermine the traditional canons of liberal democracy, notably encapsulated in the rule of law and human rights. Many factors are involved in these insidious processes and the state of the various democracies can be seen as nodal points between different factors that are criss-crossing and thus creating a unique constellation: populism, nationalism, corruption, fear, social isolation, ignorance, poverty, luxury, injustice, rootlessness in its various forms are signs of unbalances within democracies on both the global, national and local levels. Studying this theme, we will put a special emphasis on the situation in the Nordic and Baltic Countries and subsidiarily Eastern Europe. We will do this as a joint venture between the NSU and EHU. With our respective roots in the Nordic area and the Baltics/Belarus, our two institutions will be able to contribute with their particular experiences. We think that the eroding processes in the established democracies of the Nordic area and those accompanying the democracy building in the Baltic/Eastern European area can illuminate each other. Provocatively, one might wonder whether they are not converging toward some kind of illiberal democracy.


Please find below final program for the summer session:

NSU Summer Session 2018 – Program Circle 5

CFP for the summer session is now available:

Call for Papers – Circle 5 – Summer 2018

Please find below CFP to the 5th International Workshop on Law and Ideology: Central and Eastern European Constitutional Liberal Democracy in Crisis – May 24-25 2018 in Vilnius – to which NSU is proudly a partner:


Please find the program for the winter session below:

Patterns of Dysfunction in Contemporary Democracies – Program Winter 2018

Program for side-event about the Muslim community in Copenhagen:

Guided tour to Muslim Copenhagen

We are pleased to present the latest CFP for the upcoming winter session:

Call for Papers – Circle 5 – Patterns of Dysfunction in Contemporary Democracies – Keynote

Description of the Circle:

Proposal for New Study Circle FUSION




Human rights and International Relations

NSU Summer Session 2017 – Program Circle 5 28-07-2017 – 2

NSU Summer Session 2017 – Preliminary Program Circle 5

Call for Papers – Circle 5 – July 26-August 2 2017

We are happy to present our proposal for a NEW study circle:

Proposal for New Study Circle REVISED

Program Winter 2017

CFP Winter 2017

Program Summer 2016

CFP Summer 2016

Program Winter 2016

CFP Winter 2016

Program Summer 2015

CFP Summer 2015

Program Winter 2015

CFP Winter 2015

Program Ad Hoc Winter 2014

CFP Ad Hoc Winter 2014

Proposal for New Study Circle – International Relations and Human Rights


Oleg Bresky (Belarus/Lithuania)
Coordinator Study Circle 5
oleg.bresky [at]
Study Circle 5: International Relations and Human Rights

Mogens Chrom Jacobsen (Denmark)
Coordinator Study Circle 5, Deputy Denmark 2017-2018
chrom [at]
Deputy Denamark 2017, Study Circle 5: International Relations and Human Rights