Welcome to LIWC 2023 Madrid!

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  • 1st Prize: LIWC 2024 conference ticket + 100% travel cost (800 USD max) + Jose Cordeiro’s The Death of Death hardcopy
    • Victoria Da Luz from Brazil
  • 2nd Prize: LIWC 2024 conference ticket + 50% travel cost (400 USD max) + Jose Cordeiro’s The Death of Death hardcopy
    • Steffen Sjørslev from Denmark
  • 3rd Prize: LIWC 2024 conference ticket + Jose Cordeiro’s The Death of Death hardcopy
    • Aline Franco from Portugal
    • Virginia Izquierdo Blazquez from Spain
    • Olivia Dalia Wisniowska from Austria


  1. Travel Documentation: Ensure you have all the necessary travel documents, including your passport, visa (if required), conference registration confirmation, insurance documentation, and any other relevant identification.

  2. Accommodation: You are responsible for booking your accommodation. Confirm your hotel reservation and double-check the address and contact details. Keep the hotel reservation information easily accessible during your travel.
  3. Climate and Dress Code: Before attending the conference, please check the weather forecast for the event location and pack suitable clothing accordingly. The dress code is casual attire. We recommend bringing a light jacket for comfort in air-conditioned venues.
  4. Important Addresses and Google Map Links to Save on Your Device: Make sure to save important addresses, such as Ateneo and nearby restaurants, on your device for easy access.
  5. Emergency Contacts: For your safety, share your travel itinerary, accommodation details, and emergency contacts with a family member or close friend.  In case of an emergency, contact the Liberty International Team members: Jose and Yomar. For all urgent care and emergencies in Spain, such as the need for an ambulance, police attention, or the fire brigade, dial 112. To report an assault or crime to the police, dial 902 102 112. For motor vehicle accidents, traffic reports, or weather-related emergencies, dial 011.
  6. Conference Website: Don’t forget to bookmark this webpage on your device for any last-minute updates, important announcements, and information about the event.


09:00-13:00 – Ideas liberales en España, América Latina y el mundo
13:00-14:00 – Press Round
13:00-14:00 – Registrations
14:00-14:15 – Opening Remarks by Ken Schoolland
14:15-14:30 – Remarks from the host by José Luis Cordeiro
14:30-14:45 – My Story: From North Korea to Liberty by Joy Kim
14:45-15:00 – Liberty Award ceremony
15:00-15:30 – Lessons from the Reagan Years by Dan Mitchell
15:30-15:45 – Q&A
15:45-16:15 – The challenges of being a classical liberal politician by Syed Kamall
16:15-16:30 – Q&A
16:30-17:00 – Coffee Break
17:00-18:30 – Screening: The Hong Konger movie
18:30-19:00 – Ateneo de Madrid tour
19:00-22:00 Opening dinner

09:30-10:20 – Rights: From Cicero to Rand by Angelica Walker-Werth
10:20-10:30 – Q&A
10:30-11:15 – Panel: Communism to Capitalism – Moderator: Sebastian Węglarz, Speakers: Nodar Chinchaladze, Kamil Cebulski, Simon Sarevski
11:15-11:30 – Q&A
11:30-12:00 – Coffee Break
12:00-12:30 – The Impact on Human Longevity of AI and US-China Relations by John Dana Chisholm
12:30-12:45 – Q&A
12:45-13:00 – Group Picture
13:00-14:30 – Lunch
14:30-15:00 – Building Free Cities by Jan Bertram
15:00-15:15 – Q&A
15:15-15:45 – Reflections from 25 years of teaching freedom and fighting for liberty by Jan Kubań
15:45-16:00 – Q&A
16:00-16:45 – Panel: Spreading Freedom Through Entrepreneurship – Moderator: Roxana Nicula, Speakers: Shinichi Baba, Daban Najmalddin, Glenn Cripe
16:45-17:00 – Q&A
17:00-17:30 – Coffee Break
17:30-17:50 – Libertarian Roots and Consequences of Cryptocurrency by Ben Best
17:50-18:00 – Q&A
18:00-21:30 – Screening: We the Living Movie

09:30-09:40 – Torch of Liberty Award presented to Isabel Díaz Ayuso, President of the Community of Madrid (present to Counselor Miguel Angel García Martín)
09:40-10:20 – To Boldly Go: How Star Trek’s Optimism Has Changed the World by Thomas Walker-Werth
10:20-10:30 – Q&A
10:30-11:15 – Panel Opportunities of Today: Power of Youth – Moderator: Juan Pina, Speakers: Jan Kubań, Maria Lobo Murga
11:15-11:30 – Q&A
11:30-12:00 – Coffee Break
12:00-12:15 – Screening of the Jonathan Gullible Cartoon Series S01E01
12:15-12:45 – Migration Controls: That Peculiar Institution by Ken Schoolland
12:45-13:00 – Q&A
13:00-14:30 – Objectivist Luncheons: Epistemology – Who Needs It? by Angelica Walker-Werth
14:30-15:00 – How to shrink government by Hiroshi Yoshida
15:00-15:15 – Q&A
15:15-15:45 – Intolerance in College Campuses by Antonio V. Saravia
15:45-16:00 – Q&A
16:00-16:45 – Panel: Defectors, refugees, exiles, and emigrants from worst totalitarian regimes: North Korea and Venezuela – Moderator: Miguel Henrique Otero, Speakers: Henry Song, Jung Oh Park
16:45-17:00 – Q&A
17:00-17:30 – Coffee Break
17:30-20:00 – Reina Sofia Museum tour
20:30-22:30 – Special dinner ONLY FOR invited delegates

09:30-10:20 – Live and Let Live – The Global Peace Movement by Robbie Miles
10:20-10:30 – Q&A
10:30-11:15 – Panel: Futurescapes in healthcare information and nutrition against disease – Moderator: Ken Schoolland, Speakers: Gregory Rehmke, Edward Cole Miller
11:15-11:30 – Q&A
11:30-12:00 – Coffee Break
12:00-12:30 – Irony of the Century? As the United States descends into a banana republic, illegal immigrants from Latin America may save it by Andrew Cowin
12:30-12:45 – Q&A
12:45-13:00 – Group Picture
13:00-14:30 – Objectivist Luncheons: Reason for Living – How Rational Philosophy Can Help You Live Fully by Thomas Walker-Werth
14:30-15:00 – Sound libertarianism requires sound economics by Per Bylund
15:00-15:15 – Q&A
15:15-15:45 – Lifestyle Choices for a Better Lifespan and Healthspan by Walter Smith
15:45-16:00 – Q&A
16:00-16:45 – Panel: Bitcoins, Cryptocurrencies and the Future of Money – Moderator: José Luis Cordeiro, Speakers: Jorge Jraissati, Giovanny Montealegre
16:45-17:00 – Q&A
17:-0-17:30 – Coffee Break
17:30-18:00 – Opera performance by Daniela Tabernig
18:00-18:45 – The Future of the Future: Prosperity and Longevity through Liberty by José Luis Cordeiro
18:45-19:00 – Q&A
19:00-19:15 – LIWC 2024 Announcement
19:15-19:30 – Second Tour of Ateneo de Madrid
19:30-21:30 – Closing Dinner at the Ateneo Restaurant
21:30-22:30 – Farewell Toast with Spanish Champagne at Cacharraria Gallery, Ateneo de Madrid


LIWC 2023 Madrid will take place in Ateneo De Madrid, a private cultural institution located in the capital of Spain that was founded in 1835. This is an excellent venue for a conference due to its rich history, cultural significance, and modern facilities. Located in the heart of Madrid, it has been a center of intellectual and artistic life since its establishment. The venue boasts of impressive meeting rooms, conference halls, and exhibition spaces that are equipped with modern amenities such as projectors, screens, and sound systems. The venue is easily accessible through public transportation.

C. del Prado, 21, 28014 Madrid, Spain

How to reach the venue?

    1. BY TRAIN to Sol:
      1. From Chamartín: Address Parla (C4) or Aranjuez (C3). Stops: Chamartín > Nuevos Ministerios > Sol
      2. From Atocha: Routes 5 or 6. Direction Chamartín or Alcobendas or Colmenar Viejo. Stops: Atocha >
    2. Sol ON FOOT:
      1. From Sol: 600 m. (approx. 9 minutes) / From Atocha: 1,200 m. (approx. 18 minutes)
    3. By Metro:
      1. Stops SOL (Lines 1, 2 and 3) or SEVIILA (Line 2)


1. Registration and Identification:

Please make sure to wear your conference badge at all times within the venue. It’s your official identification and grants access to all conference sessions, workshops, and networking events.

WIFI Passwords



2. Punctuality:

Let’s respect everyone’s time! Be punctual and stick to the conference schedule to avoid any disruptions during sessions and events.

3. Electronic Devices:

Keep those phones and electronic devices on silent during presentations and workshops. If you need to take an urgent call, step outside the session rooms discreetly. Don’t forget to take your devices with you!

4. Photography and Recording:

You can snap photos and record videos/audio, but always ask for permission from the people involved. Respect others’ privacy, and be mindful of sharing media responsibly.

Don’t worry about capturing everything – our LI team will record all sessions and share the edited recordings and photos after the event.

5. Networking:

Get ready for some meaningful networking! Connect with fellow attendees, speakers, and sponsors. Share ideas, contacts, and insights to make the most of the conference.

6. Presentation Interactions:

Feel free to ask questions and actively participate during presentations and panel discussions.

7. Social Media:

Jump into the social media conversation using the official conference hashtag. Share your experiences and key takeaways while being respectful in your communications. Let’s make the conference buzz online!

8. Social media contest

We’re organizing an exciting activity for our attendees to win big prizes.

The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Prize: LIWC 2024 conference ticket + 100% travel cost (800 USD max) + Jose Cordeiro’s The Death of Death hardcopy
  • 2nd Prize: LIWC 2024 conference ticket + 50% travel cost (400 USD max) + Jose Cordeiro’s The Death of Death hardcopy
  • 3rd Prize: LIWC 2024 conference ticket + Jose Cordeiro’s The Death of Death hardcopy


As part of #LIWC2023, we have organized two beautiful tours to visit some of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites around Madrid. We will walk around some of the most incredible sights in Spain, and it is a hot Summer, so wear light and comfortable cloths, particularly good shoes for walking and relaxing. Get ready to learn about the history of Spain, the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and the land of Don Quixote, which is a fascinating story of love and freedom. We will have typical meals with tapas, sangría and vino tinto, while guitars might be playing in the background. But no time for siesta, this is fiesta time!

Monday August 14: South of Madrid
08:45 Meeting point at the south side of the Neptune Fountain (GOOGLE MAPS LINK)
09:00 Departure for Alcalá de Henares (exit to the East of Madrid)
10:00 Alcalá de Henares visit: Birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and University
13:00 Aranjuez visit: Palace and gardens (Spanish Versailles)
14:00 Typical lunch in Toledo
15:00 Toledo visit: Roman/Jewish/Muslim/Catholic city, Alcazar and Cathedral
19:00 Arrival in Madrid and optional free visit to Museums in Madrid
21:00 Return to hotels

Tuesday August 15: North of Madrid
08:45 Meeting point at the south side of the Neptune Fountain (GOOGLE MAPS LINK)
09:00 Departure for Avila (exit to the North of Madrid along the Valley of the Fallen)
10:30 Avila visit: Cathedral and city walls
14:00 Typical lunch in Segovia
15:00 Segovia visit: Roman Aqueduct, Alcazar and Cathedral
17:00 El Escorial visit: Monastery and gardens
19:00 Arrival in Madrid and optional free visit to Museums in Madrid
21:00 Return to hotels

Interested in participating in Madrid Tours? Contact Jose Cordeiro [email protected]