Nicos C. Alivizatos is professor of Law at the University of Athens. He has been teaching constitutional law and history since 1980. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford (1988-89), Princeton (1997) and Oxford Universities (2005).
As a practicing lawyer, he is pleading regularly before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. His last books are The Constitution and its Enemies, 1800-2010 (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2011) and What Kind of Democracy After the Crisis (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2013).
Losing our marbles? Who owns culture?
"I was impressed by the intensity of the debate and the high level of intellectual engagement, not least by the audience. It was an invigorating, even exhilarating experience to be part of a festival based on the conviction that disagreement is good. The Battle of Ideas is a fantastic concept, may it spread epidemically to the rest of the world. I am already looking forward to next year's event."
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo; novelist