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Monday, May 11 • 16:30 - 17:30
Civil Society Law Agora

The Agora (Greek: Άγορά, Agorá) was an open "place of assembly" in ancient Greek city-states, which served a variety of community functions; individuals could assemble, listen and discuss. At the Civil Society Law Agora, participants will have an opportunity to organize their own discussions on topics of interest.

If you would like to organize a discussion during the Agora, please either send a brief title and description to the Global Forum team in advance at GlobalForum2015@icnl.org or sign up at the registration desk during the Forum.

Currently proposed Agora discussions include:

1. How Can Academics Work with Activists, Legislators and Others on Civil Society Law and Policy Reform?

Proposed by: Mark Sidel, Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

A growing numbers of academics around the world are working on civil society law and policy. How can they contribute to reforms through research, advocacy, convening, coalition building, interface with government, legislators and judges, teaching, and in other ways?  And how can activists, legislators, government officials and others work with them? We'll discuss examples and methods that participants bring up, and new ideas for engagement between committed academics and others on reform efforts.


2. Stand with Civil Society: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Proposed by: Laura Abrahams Schulz, Director for Global Engagement, National Security Council, The White House

In September 2013, President Obama launched Stand with Civil Society, a global call to action to support, defend, and sustain civil society amid a rising tide of restrictions on its operations globally.  Stand with Civil Society is focused on: (1) promoting laws, policies, and practices that foster a supportive environment for civil society in accordance with international norms; (2) coordinating multilateral, diplomatic pressure to push back against undue restrictions on civil society; and (3) identifying innovative ways of providing technical, financial, and logistical support to promote a transparent and vibrant civil society.  This session will seek participant feedback on ways to continue to build and sustain Stand with Civil Society.  More information on Stand with Civil Society can be found at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/23/fact-sheet-us-support-civil-society.

3. Civic Pulse

Proposed by: Susan Wilding, Civic Space Initiative Project Manager, CIVICUS

At this Agora discussion, CIVICUS will introduce interested participants to the Civic Pulse, a barometer designed to track and enhance our understanding of the key trends in civil society by presenting at-a-glance data for further investigation with deeper and more nuanced tools at the regional or country level. The Civic Pulse is a regular panel survey of a cross-section of civil society leaders from around the world that will provide their views on conditions for civil society in their country.


4. Civic Space Monitor

Proposed by: Ine van Severen, Research and Policy Officer, CIVICUS

Having recognised both the need for a continuous monitoring tool as well as one that focuses specifically on civic space, CIVICUS has developed the Civic Space Monitor (CSM). The CSM is a tool for tracking the expansion and closure of civic space and for providing alerts and early warning notifications when worrying signals are observed. It will be a continuous, web-based tracking and rating system that we hope will be used by civil society, journalists, government officials, development workers and members of the public. Join this Agora discussion to learn more about the CSM and provide input on the tool.

Monday May 11, 2015 16:30 - 17:30 CEST
Banquet Hall Clarion Sign Hotel