Marxist-Leninism 2.0: Theories and Practice of Socialist Democracy in China and Cuba

On Tuesday, February 12, the Lewis Katz Building is hosting Marxist-Leninism 2.0: Theories and Practice of Socialist Democracy in China and Cuba. This conference is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Coalition for Peace & Ethics, the Foundation for Law and International Affairs, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs. Funding  provided in part by the Penn State University Park Allocation Committee.

Please see below for conference schedule and guest speakers. Visit the Coalition for Peace & Ethics website for more information.


8:30-9:00 a.m.  —  Welcome

9:00-11:00 a.m., 236 Katz Building  —  Panel on China’s Socialist Consultative  Democracy

Break and Informal Workshop

4:00-6:00 p.m., 012 Katz Building  —  Panel on Popular Participation, Representation and Constitutional Reform in Cuba

6:00-6:15 p.m.  —  Closing Address

Guest Speakers

Professor Flora Sapio
Sapio is an associate professor at the Naples University of Italy. She is also an honorary non-resident fellow at the Australian National University, and a T.Wai research fellow. She is internationally renowned for her sophisticated analyses of themes related to globalization, and ranging from legal theory to politics, from economy and society to political communication. She has taught or given lectures and presentations in China, the Hong Kong SAR, the United States, Australia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Sweden. She is the author or editor of five books and more than 40 research articles in English and Chinese, besides commentaries on contemporary issues.

Professor Sun Ping
Sun is an associate research professor at the Center for Rule of Law in China, East China University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Sun’s research focuses on constitutional law, fundamental rights, right to privacy, data protection, and freedom of expression. His current research focuses on social credits and data protection, defamation law and free speech. He has published a book and dozens of articles and was invited to have lectures about Chinese Constitutional law at Columbia Law School, Penn State Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Shanghai-NYU.

Mr. Nicolas Scholz
Scholz is currently serving as an officer in GIZ Sino-German Industry 4.0 program, an inter-governmental cooperation project in Beijing. He holds a masters degree in political science from Ludwig-Maximilian University and has education experience in City University of Hongkong, Harvard University, Shanghai University and Fudan University. He is also a member of the Christian Democratic Union and has served in German Federal Parliament as an Intern. Mr. Scholz has a deep understanding of political theories and practices of politics in Germany and China.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 8:30am to 6:30pm
Lewis Katz Building
Socialist Democracy conference