The fourth scientific conference of the Research Institute direct democracy (www.fidd.ch) focuses on new research findings, which illuminate the importance of natural law for direct democracy. For some time, Christian and modern natural law has been ignored as a scientific basis for democracy and human rights. In schools and universities, natural law is introduced as just one more “approach“ and often seen in contrast to “modern and progressive worldviews“. With postmodernism and ahistoric approaches, however, historians and other scholars try to bring in a „post-democratic“ and “transnational“ era. Such approaches usually lead away from a personal image of mankind and create the basis for antidemocratic to sometimes totalitarian tendencies.
After having closer looked at the “trilogy“ of political and religious influences on direct democracy (Catholicism, liberalism, Utopian socialism), with the issue of “natural law“ the Research Institute would like to start a series of conferences dealing with the theory of direct democracy .
Dr phil René Roca, Head Research Institute direct Democracy
Dr phil René Roca: “The significance of natural law for direct democracy in Switzer- land“
The tradition of natural law in Switzerland
lic phil M.A. Moritz Nestor: “Emer de Vattel and the school of natural law in Frenchspeaking Switzerland”
Dr. phil. René Roca: “Wilhelm Snell and his young school of law”
natural law today
Dr phil M.A. Christian Machek: “natural law thinking based on common good (according to Johannes Messner) as a basis for democracy”
Prof Dr Joachim Höfele: “On the currency of natural law in our time”
Speakers and audience (end: 16.30)
Outlook and discussion
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