Program for 2022:




Introduction of the day/topics

Nina Burleigh, conference moderator, author, political journalist, and documentary producer.

Rules for the digital age 

The European Commission has published a proposal for a regulation laying down harmonized rules on artificial intelligence and a communication on fostering a European approach to artificial intelligence. The Foreign Ministers meeting of the Council of Europe in Hamburg in May 2021 decided to begin work on a legal framework for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence based on Council of Europe standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.  

Panel debate

Moderator Patrick Penninckx, Head of Information Society Department, Council of Europe 

Nikolai Astrup, Member of Parliament, Committee for Energy and the Environment, Stortinget. Former minister of digitalization.

Erik Wennerstrøm, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights  

Tobias Mahler, Professor UiO, Faculty of Law 

Morten Goodwin, Professor UiA, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research 

Anna Herold, Audiovisual Services and Media Policy, European Commission (Videolink)

11:00 - 12:00



Presentation of the Council of Europe Banner 1966 

The European Hymn, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra 

Welcome speech

Jan Oddvar Skisland, Mayor of Kristiansand

Introduction of today's topics

Nina Burleigh, conference moderator 

Official opening

Masud Gharahkhani, President of the National Assembly of Norway

Opening statement

Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Keynote Speaker on Democracy and Freedom of Expression

Fmr. President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko (video greeting)

Solo musical performance 

Cello solo featuring the national anthem of Ukraine

Keynote Speaker on Democracy and Freedom of Expression

Leader of democratic Belarus, Presidential Candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

13:30 - 13:50



Protecting the European Order: How can we expect rules to be respected when judgements of breaches of these rules are not properly implemented?

Keynote Speaker: Minister for European Affairs of Ireland, Thomas Byrne 

How to close the implementation gap? A panel debate moderated by Director General Christos Giakoumopoulos, Council of Europe

Minister for European Affairs of Ireland, Thomas Byrne 

Assistant Secretary General Thibaut Bruttin, Reporters sans frontières, Paris

Media Freedom Representative William Horsley, Association of European Journalists, Brussels 

Fmr. Prime Minister of Norway and SG of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland 

Fmr. Judge of the European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court of Norway, Erik Møse 

Deputy Chair Can Yeginsu, High Level Panel of Legal Experts, London

Conclusions and outlook 

Director General Christos Giakoumopoulos, Council of Europe and Minister for European Affairs of Ireland, Thomas Byrne  

14:55 - 15:10

Coffee break 


Institutional Approaches 

The Strategy of the Community of Democracies to support common democratic values and standards, State Secretary  Cornel Feruță, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Chairman-in-Office of the Community of Democracies


Freedom of Artistic Expression

Artistic Performance “Maria in the Couran” by Mehda Zolfaqari

Freedom of the press and artistic freedom go hand in hand in raising standards of democracy. Public space is an essential arena for addressing the challenges facing democracy. What is the role cultural institutions in defending freedom of artistic expression? 

Opening statement by

  • State Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Equality Odin Adelsten Aunan Bohmann 
  • Keynote Speaker: Fmr. Director of BOZAR Brussels, Paul Dujardin  


Panel debate “Cultural Institutions as actors for democracy and human rights”. Moderated by Harald Furre, CEO of Kilden Performing Arts Center, with: 

  • Actor Mehda Zolfaqari
  • Vice president PEN International and former publisher in Aschehoug, William Nygård 
  • Executive director Safemuse, Jan Lothe Eriksen
  • Campaigner and researcher on freedom of artistic expression and human rights, Sara Whyatt  
  • Expert curator of the CoE exhibition “Free to Create – Create to be Free” Kata Krasznahorkai 

Conclusions and outlook

CEO Harald Furre and Sara Whyatt 

16:35 - 17:00

Institutional approaches 

The Norwegian Strategy for Freedom of Expression in Foreign and Development Policy, Senior Adviser Wera Helstrøm, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Supporting democracy and human rights at local and regional level in Europe, President of the Board of KS and Vice President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE, Gunn Marit Helgesen 


Concluding remarks 

Conference Moderator: Nina Burleigh  

An entire Democracy Week with related events takes place 2 - 8 May 2022.

More information on these events can be found here: Events demokratiuka



Publisert: 14. mars 2022 10:09
Oppdatert: 11. april 2023 9:11