The Liberal Institute looks forward to your participation at our events. Our calendar occasionally includes events of partner organisations of interest to an international audience. Please consult our French, German, and Italian pages for regular events in the Lake Geneva region, Zurich, and Lugano.

  • 14-16 April 2016

    Wilhelm Röpke Congress: Register Now


    Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2

    Attendees at Hernando de Soto's lecture registered through the Graduate Institute are welcome to register for the preceding international colloquium (14-15 April) and the following public conference (16 April).

    Wilhelm Röpke (1899-1966) is widely known as an economist who had a seminal impact on German liberal economic policy after World War II. However, he never returned to Germany after having left in 1933 and started an international career, first in Istanbul, then from 1937 onwards in Geneva, where he became Professor for International Relationships at the Graduate Institute and stayed until his death in 1966. Röpke was a relentless critic of excessive interventionism, political centralism, and welfare statism. To what extent did Röpke see an ethical crisis as the basis of possible financial crises? What is his understanding of a “humane market economy” and to what extent can it be a basis for stable International Relationships? Why is free trade not a sufficient condition for a stable international order? What are necessary complements to establish a stable international order? This unique event, which marks the 50th anniversary of Röpke's passing, will address these and other questions. We look forward to your participation!

    Invitation with full program (4 pages, pdf)

    Keynote speakers:
    Richard Ebeling, BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership, School of Business, The Citadel, États-Unis, former president of the Foundation for Economic Education
    Alan Kahan, professor at the Université de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, author of Mind vs. Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism
    Erich Weede, professor emeritus at the University of Bonn

    Attendance fees:
    (cash at the door or postal account 12-171497-1, Institut Libéral, 1204 Genève):
    Attendance is free for students and academics.
    - International colloquium (14-15 April): CHF 60 (including breaks and lunch)
    - Public conference (16 April): CHF 60 (including breaks and lunch)
    - Both events (14-16 April): CHF 120

    Please e-mail your name, address, affiliation, and attendance to

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2018

    Conference «Better Regulation: Risks, Markets, Responsibility»


    InterContinental, 7-9 Chemin du Petit-Saconnex
    Welcome coffee and registration from 8.45 a.m., start at 9.15 a.m. (until 5 p.m.)

    The Better Regulation Conference aims at addressing in an open way one of the most pressing issues of our time: the increasing regulatory density that has led to less economic freedom and choice, higher compliance costs reaching up to 10% of gross domestic product, or industry capture of regulation, leading to corporate scandals in several sectors as well as systemic crises in the financial realm.

    According to the PwC 2018 Global CEO Survey, over-regulation remains the top business concern globally, and in the top five perceived threats across every region surveyed. Regulatory overreach, increasingly driven at the supranational level, may hamper economic growth prospects more than geopolitical and monetary risks going forward.

    How can regulation be better reconciled with entrepreneurial freedom and consumer choice? Would self-regulation and consultation processes akin to the Swiss practice promote more effective rules? How can regulatory capture by special interests be prevented in order to keep competition and innovation alive to the benefit of all? What role should personal responsibility and market reputation play in the 21st century?

    The Better Regulation Conference will reassess markets, risks, and responsibility in an environment where competitiveness becomes a priority in many countries.

    We warmly invite you to join us on 25 September 2018 to share insights and experience with top scholars, business leaders, and policy makers. We look forward to your active participation in discussing and shaping the issues at hand.

    Speakers (partial list):

    Lorenzo Allio, Consultant, Senior Policy Analyst, European Risk Forum

    Prof. Patricia Commun, Economic Historian, Liberal Institute and Université de Cergy-Pontoise

    Prof. Anthony Evans, Economist, ESCP Europe Business School

    Stéphane Graber, Secretary-General, Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)

    Jens Hedström, Head of the Brussels Office, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, Chair of the Business at OECD Governance Committee

    Julian Morris, Vice President of Research, Reason Foundation

    Cécile Philippe, Economist, Director General, Institut économique Molinari

    Victor do Prado, Director, Council and Trade Negotiations Committee, World Trade Organization

    Cécile Rivière, Policy Analyst and Project Manager, Economiesuisse

    Alexandre de Senarclens, Attorney-at-law, Member of the Grand Council of Geneva, Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Geneva

    Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

    Vincent Subilia, Deputy Director General and Head of Arbitration, Chambre de commerce, d'industrie et des services de Genève (CCIG)

    Daniel Trnka, Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Reform and Simplification, OECD

    Nicolas Wallart, Head of Regulatory Analysis and Policy, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

    Further information and registration:
    Better Regulation Conference

  • 30 septembre - 6 octobre 2018

    Réunion générale de la Société du Mont-Pèlerin

    Grande Canarie

    Cette réunion générale, qui se tient à la Grande Canarie, en Espagne, sera le cadre de débats de haut niveau sur le thème «Competition, Discovery, and the Pursuit of Happiness». L'événement s'inspire du symbolisme, de l'histoire et de la géographie des Îles Canaries, la dernière escale de Christophe Colomb et un port libre pendant des siècles. De nombreuses questions contemporaines comme la concurrence, les mouvements séparatistes, les cryptomonnaies, la déterritorialisation des juridictions ou encore la libre circulation des personnes, des biens et du capital seront abordées. Le but sera de rendre la philosophie libérale pertinente pour notre époque, au-delà de ce qui est déjà connu, pour une aventure de découverte.

    Réunion générale de la Grande Canarie 2018