During and after the Liberty Camp 2008, many of you expressed an interest in and hope for an advanced seminar at the future editions of this project. The idea was that this seminar would discuss liberty-related issues on a graduate level. Responding to this call, the organizers embarked on the mission to offer such a seminar.
The advanced seminar was named "Freedom and Transition," since it is dedicated to the advanced study of liberty in European transition countries. Debates, discussions, lectures, and presentations take the participants beyond the basic principles of classical liberal thought, while examining the breadth and depth of two decades of economic and political developments in post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe. The seminar applies classical liberal insights into the range of transition issues including:
- economic and political institutions
- informal rules, the rule of law, and growth
- corruption and public sector transparency
- public choice theory
- markets and morality
- crony capitalism
- failed vs. successful privatization
Participants of the 2009 advanced seminar came all the way from Germany, Ukraine, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Slovakia.
Distinguished speakers at the advanced seminar were: Marijana Bađun (Institute of Public Finance, Croatia), Bernard Brščič (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Dr. Philip Hanson (Chatham House, UK), Dr. Andrei Illarionov (Cato Institute, USA), Dr. John Moore (Grove City College, USA), Alexandar Novaković (Katalaksija, Serbia), Dr. Svetozar Pejovich (Texas A&M University, USA), Rado Pezdir (University of Primorska, Slovenia), Dr. Miroslav Prokopijević (University of Beograd, Serbia), Dr. Ljubo Sirc (Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies, UK), and Dr. Janez Šušteršič (University of Primorska, Slovenia). We are extremely honored that each of them accepted our invitation to be part of this project. We hope they will return to the Liberty Seminars in the future.