Global Resistance to Authoritarian Diffusion: An overview

Friday, September 22 via Zoom: Global Resistance to Authoritarian Diffusion

We are pleased to invite you to the Global Resistance to Authoritarian Diffusion: An overview on Friday, Sept. 22 online via Zoom. This event is hosted by the Global Legal Studies Center, University of Wisconsin Law School, USA; Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London, UK; Center for Law and Political Economy (NUDEP), FGV Sao Paulo Law School, Brazil;  African Studies Program, and the Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin­–Madison, USA.

From South Africa and Brazil to the United States and beyond, authoritarian forces are challenging and undermining democratic norms and centralizing power, a process referred to as autocratization. In the past decade alone, the population living in autocracies jumped from 49% to 70% and the level of democracy enjoyed by the average global citizen in 2021 is down to levels last registered in 1989. But autocratization is not happening unopposed. On the contrary, it is being met with different forms of resistance from domestic and transnational actors across the world. University of Wisconsin Law School, along with the Transnational Law Institute at King’s College, London and the FGV Law School in São Paulo, Brazil, is studying resistance to authoritarianism in many countries. This panel draws on this research to look at the spread of authoritarianism and resistance to it by lawyers and others in the United States and elsewhere.


  • This event will occur online via Zoom
  • This event has been approved for 1.0 CLE credits by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners
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