”New Challenges for Freedom” Summer Seminar in Urlați, Romania


June 20th – 26th, 2021


Hotel „Casa Colinelor” in Urlați, Romania

Organized together with the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom – Romania, the seminar in Urlați, Romania is a great opportunity for young participants to acquire knowledge on the new challenges for freedom. Topics covered will include, among others: the foundations of liberty, corruption, trade, rent seeking, the economics of law and blockchain economics.

The seminar is open to students, scholars, activists, journalists, teachers, and anyone else interested in enhancing their knowledge of liberty from a wide variety of perspectives. The format of our seminar favors interactions and has the following structure: a 45 minutes lecture, followed by a 30 minutes group discussion and preparation of questions by participants, and a 45 minutes discussion with the lecturer on the questions. In the evenings open discussions will be organized.

Note that for the selected participants, accommodation, meals, a gala dinner, a vineyard tour, and attendance to the conferences are all free of charge. Participants will only need to fund their transportation. A bus leaving on June 20th from Bucharest to the venue will be available for participants.

Faculty will include: David Schmidtz (philosophy), Cathleen Johnson (economics), Pierre Garello (economics of law), Saura Masconale (law and political economy), Christian Nasulea (economics).

The seminar’s programme is available here.

The application process starts on May 21st, 2021 and will be open May 30th, 2021. However, applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis in order to allow international participants to make travel arrangements as quickly as possible. If you are interested in attending, make sure to fill in the following form as soon as possible.

Professor of Law and Economics
University of Arizona
Saura Masconale Professor of Law and Economicsat the University of Arizona
Professor of Law and Finance
University of Arizona
Simone Sepe is Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Arizona
Professor of Economics
University of West Virginia
Professor of Philosophy
University of Arizona
David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  He also is Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic in the Eller College of Management. He is editor-in-chief of Social Philosophy & Policy He was founding Head of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science.
Head of Education, Professor of History
Institute of Economic Affairs
Dr. Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984.
Professor in Public Choice and Macroeconomic Analysis
Institute for Market Economics
Dr Krassen Stanchev is a Board Chairman, Founder and former Executive Director of The Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria’s first free market think tank (1993), former member and a committee chairman of the Constitutional Assembly (1990-1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers, best country analyst award for 1996 by Euromoney and a nominee for Bulgaria’s Mr. Ekonomika 2004 as well as laureate of Bulgaria Government Prize – 2002, Templeton – 2006 – as IME Director, and GV Fund for Contribution to the Spirit of Liberty – 2006.
Professor of Philosophy
St. John's University New York
Douglas B. Rasmussen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in NYC and Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Among the books he has co-authored (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) are: Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991); Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2006); and The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics (2016).
Professor of Economics
University of Bucharest
Christian Năsulea teaches Economics at the Department of International Relations and Universal History at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Economic Studies - Europe and a fellow of the Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues. His areas of research interest include public policy and stimuli for economic development, political and commercial negotiation in international relations, behavioural economics and decision processes.
Professor of Economics
Universite Aix-Marseille
President of IES-Europe and Editor-in-Chief of both the Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines and Journal des Libertés, Pierre Garello is Professor of Economics at the Faculté d’Economie et Gestion of Aix Marseille University in France. He has published various articles on Austrian economics, law and economics (especially competition law and contract law). He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, a scholarly review dealing with economic, legal, philosophical and political issues, in the tradition of the French Classical Liberal School.