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Democracy in Argentina: Thirty Years After the Transition

International Roundtable Discussion

SponsorsTuesday, December 10, at 4:00 pm London / 11:00 am Notre Dame
Held at:
University of Notre Dame Global Gateway - London, UK
Teleconference with:
Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame
C103 Hesburgh Center

December 10 is a significant day for democracy and human rights in Latin America. On that day in 1983, the first president democratically elected after Argentina’s transition from military rule, Raúl Alfonsín, was sworn into office, inaugurating the longest cycle of democratic rule the country has ever enjoyed. Since then, democratic institutions in Argentina have endured military coup attempts, cycles of hyperinflation, sustained economic stagnation, and the 2001 financial crisis.

December 10 is also International Human Rights Day, and Argentina has been a pioneer on issues of transitional justice. President Alfonsín established the first-ever “truth commission”—the “Nunca Más” (Never Again) report—which opened the way to domestic trials of military junta members for human rights violations (1976–83). Since then, Argentina’s human rights politics and policies have been part of the worldwide debate on transitional justice.

This roundtable, organized by Latin America experts Scott Mainwaring and Gabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell, will celebrate Argentina’s thirty years of uninterrupted democratic rule. It will also debate the country’s achievements and still pending tasks in relation to the quality of political institutions and human development, which remain challenges despite steady economic growth.

Cosponsored with:

Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Embassy of Argentina, London

UCL Institute of the Americas

Alicia Castro
Ambassador of Argentina to the United Kingdom

Scott Mainwaring
Conley Professor of Political Science
Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow
University of Notre Dame

Gabriela Ippolito-O'Donnell
Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow
University of Notre Dame

Philippe Schmitter
Emeritus Professor of Political Science
European University Institute

Leigh Payne
Professor of Sociology of Latin America
Director, Latin American Centre
St. Antony's College, University of Oxford

Guillermo Makin
Senior Research Associate
Centre of Latin American Studies
University of Cambridge

Warren von Eschenbach
Director, Notre Dame London Centre

Paolo Carozza
Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Tiffany Barnes - Teleconference Moderator
Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

A reception will follow in London.
University of Notre Dame London Centre, 1 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG
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