Upcoming Panel | July 29 2-4 p.m. 

‘Which Path: Democracy or Autocracy?’ 
Prominent Activists, Scholars Gather for China Panel, Human Rights Forum

The panel – entitled "China: Democracy or Autocracy? The Path Ahead?" – will highlight the leadership, legacy and inspiration of Liu Xiaobo, China's "Empty Chair" Nobel Peace Prize winner and an intellectual force, set against the nation's current political turmoil. This month also marks three years since his death while serving an 11-year sentence in Chinese prison. 

Mandate Democracy®, an independent, nonpartisan, civil democracy organization, will present the July 29 session, running from 2-4 p.m. EDT, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Featured panelists include:

  • Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Author/Editor: The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: From Dark Horse to Nobel Laureate”
  • Teng Biao, U.S.-based Chinese Scholar and Human Rights Lawyer
  • Dr. Sophie Richardson, China Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Perry Link, Professor, University of California, Riverside

The July program is hosted by Virginia-based Inter-Agency Seminar Group (IASG), which brings together members from government, academia and industry to learn about current issues often related to public policy.


The Mandate Democracy® Initiative transforms the connection between voters and control of their government. Using advanced information technologies – including blockchain – for cyber-secure i-Voting referenda on policies and priorities, the organization is creating universal suffrage and a new paradigm for a 21st-century constitutional Democratic-Republic.

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