Proceedings of the international conference Legacy of Totalitarianism Today

proceedings_cover3-210x300NEW PUBLICATION: Proceedings of the international conference Legacy of Totalitarianism Today held in Prague on 12 – 13 June 2014

The aim of the two-day international conference was to assess the problem areas in today’s post-totalitarian societies which are hampering the establishment of advanced democracies and to seek possible solutions.

The conference brought together representatives of a wide spectrum of stakeholders: policy makers, legal specialists, members of academia, national institutions and non-governmental organisations dealing with the legacy of the totalitarian past, anti-corruption initiatives and the interested public. The conference dealt with the situation in Europe’s post-totalitarian countries and focused especially on the areas where, even 25 years after the fall of Communism, the legacy of totalitarianism is still present: the quality of democracy, rule of law, justice for the crimes of the past, corruption, quality of media, the role of memory institutions. The individual sessions attempted to analyse the situation in various post-totalitarian countries and sought solutions to the persisting common problems. The role of the European Union in overcoming the divisions of the past was discussed and the lessons from the past were confronted with current developments. Key international thinkers and practitioners were invited as speakers.

Published by the Platform of European Memory and Conscience © 2015, 1st edition, softcover, 240 pp., ISBN 978-80-260-8134-0