Democratic elections are the cornerstone of a representative government and the best way to ensure the peaceful alternation of power. In order to be democratic, elections must be recurring, transparent, open and competitive. In this panel we are going to discuss how international electoral observation missions can strengthen not only transitioning democracies but also consolidated democracies like the EU member states or the US. Regarding this, we are going to discuss different approaches to international observation missions taking particularly emphasis in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) aim to conduct pre-election assessment missions, monitor elections and publish reports on election outcomes. Furthermore, we will pay particular attention to the learnings from the OSCE report about the US Presidential Elections 2016 offering to the audience the opportunity to gain a holistic perspective of the entire electoral process.
Speakers: José Manuel Martinez Sierra, Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Real Colegio Complutense, Harvard University; Victòria Alsina Burgués, Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Radivoje Grujić, Election Adviser, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Chair: David Kennedy, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, EU Law and Government Study Group, CES, Harvard University
Sponsors: RCC, Center for European Studies