Democracy 2020: Ten lessons current politicians and lawmakers really ought to learn from Athenian Democracy – Webinar with Professor Paul Cartledge – 7PM, 17 Nov 2020
- 17 November, 2020
The Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association announces that Professor Paul Cartledge will hold a webinar on “Democracy 2020: Ten lessons current politicians and lawmakers really ought to learn from Athenian Democracy” to be delivered 7pm (AEDT) Tuesday 17 November.
The event is for HAL financial members and registered delegates for the 2020 HAL Rhodes conference.
Details on registering for the webinar will be announced in the near future.
Professor Paul Cartledge is the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.
He has provided a summary of his webinar presentation:
“The past is a foreign country – the ancient Athenians did democratic justice differently there. As regards the law and governance, they had no truck with our cherished notion of the separation of powers. As regards litigation, they dispensed with a State Prosecutor, didn’t distinguish between criminal and civil cases, and believed in the efficacy and validity of mass juries of at least 201 citizens aged over 30, all selected by lot and paid a small compensation for their days of – democratic, political – service. Sometimes the law was an ass, sometimes the Athenian popular juries were asses. But by and large the system worked well enough – for them – for almost two centuries. What can we – or should – we learn from them?”
Professor Paul Cartledge FSA, FRSA, is a Senior Research Fellow of Clare College Cambridge and the recently retired inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University.
He is an Honorary Citizen of Sparta, Greece, and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour awarded by the President of Greece.
Professor Cartledge has single-authored some 15 books, most recently ‘Democracy: A Life’ (OUP, New York & Oxford), which was shortlisted for the Runciman Award and the London Hellenic Prize.
He has co-authored, edited and co-edited altogether some 30 books. He sits on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and co-edits the ‘Key Themes in Ancient History’ monograph series for the Cambridge University Press (28 volumes so far), which he co-founded and to which he contributed his own ‘Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice’ (2009).