The European Students For Liberty Conference was held from November 18 – 20, 2011 in Leuven, Belgium. The conference attracted over 200 attendees from 25 different countries. It was the largest pro-liberty student gathering in Europe and a crucial step for Europe’s libertarian youth movement.
During the conference students had the chance to listen to notable speakers from all over Europe, bringing insights from various backgrounds. Student For Liberty’s leadership from both Europe and the United States also led a number of activist workshops aimed to help students improve their leadership skills and become more effective activists. Topics covered included: How to Start a Student Group, Marketing on Campus, New Media for Student Groups, Communicating for Liberty, How to be a Leader for Liberty, and SFL’s Strategy for Changing the World.
Over the course of the weekend, thousands of free books were given to students to help them promote liberty on campus. We handed out 2,200 copies of The Morality of Capitalism, a joint initiative between Students For Liberty and the Atlas Network, 500 copies of I, Pencil, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, hundreds of copies of the electronic library, Ideas for a Free Society, and thousands of dollars worth of books by Professor Huerta de Soto. At our Liberty Fair, students also had the opportunity to speak directly with leaders of pro-liberty organisations about the work they do, resources they provide, and academic and internship opportunities available.
The major milestone achieved by the European Students For Liberty Conference, however, was the creation of a real network of European students for liberty. The conference brought together the young pro-liberty community in Europe on a scale never seen before. In the evenings, ESFL organised socials, where students, speakers, and supporters all had the chance to build friendships, share ideas, and inspire each other to work together for liberty.
Take a look at the conference schedule for the ESFLC 2011.
Dr. Pasquale Annicchino: Project Coordinator for ReligioWest at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Fiesole, Italy. He is specializes in research in law and religion.
Pierre Bessard: President and member of the Board of Trustees of the Liberales Institut, Executive Director of the Institut Constant de Rebecque, and Editor-at-large of L’Agefi.
Lars Seier Christensen: Co-founder and CEO of Saxo Bank. Organised a Danish translation of Atlas Shrugged for his employees.
Radovan Durana: Founder of the Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS), the leading Slovakian free-market think tank.
Dr. Pierre Garello: Director of IES-Europe and Professor of Economics at the Faculté d’Economie Appliquée of Paul Cézanne University in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is also the coordinator of the European Resource Bank and a member of IREF, a think tank that promotes fiscal federalism.
Dr. Barbara Kolm: Secretary General of the Friedrich August v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, Austria. She is also President of the European Coalition for Economic Growth, and the Austrian Economics Center.
H.S.H. Prince Michael von Liechtenstein: Executive Chairman of Industrie und Finanzkontor Etablissement. In addition, he is a member of various professional organisations and engages with various free market think tanks within Europe.
Emmanuel Martin: Editor of UnMondeLibre.org and a regular contributor to a number of publications, such as the magazine, Société Civile. He also works closely with organisations such as the Institut Économique Molinari and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Dr. Tom Palmer: Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University, the institute’s educational arm. Dr. Palmer is also the Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the author of Realising Freedom: Libertarian History, Theory, and Practice, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism.
Detlev Schlichter: Author of the upcoming book, Paper Money Collapse: The Folly of Elastic Money and the Coming Monetary Breakdown and Senior Fellow at the Cobden Centre.