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  • 2022

    Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

    Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

    August 11, 2022
  • 2021

    Medellin, Colombia

    Medellin, Colombia

    August 13, 2021
  • 2019

    Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia

    Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia

    August 10, 2019
  • 2018

    Cracow, Poland

    Cracow, Poland

    August 10, 2018
  • 2017

    Puerto Rico, USA

    Puerto Rico, USA

    August 10, 2017
  • 2015

    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

    August 10, 2015
  • 2013

    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Lausanne, Switzerland

    August 10, 2013
  • 2012

    Shanghai, China

    Shanghai, China

    August 10, 2012
  • 2011

    Vulcano, Sicily, Italy

    Vulcano, Sicily, Italy

    August 10, 2011
  • 2010

    Phoenix, USA

    Phoenix, USA

    August 10, 2010
  • 2007

    Williamsburg, USA

    Williamsburg, USA

    August 10, 2007
  • 2006

    Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague, Czech Republic

    August 10, 2006
  • 2005

    Gummersbach, Germany

    Gummersbach, Germany

    August 10, 2005
  • 2004

    Rotorua, New Zealand

    Rotorua, New Zealand

    August 10, 2004
  • 2003

    Vilnius, Lithuania

    Vilnius, Lithuania

    August 10, 2003
  • 2002

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    August 10, 2002
  • 2001

    Dax, France

    Dax, France

    August 10, 2001
  • 2000

    London. Ontario, Car

    London. Ontario, Car

    August 10, 2000
  • 1999

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    San Jose, Costa Rica

    August 10, 1999
  • 1998

    Berlin, Germany

    Berlin, Germany

    August 10, 1998
  • 1997

    Rome, Italy

    Rome, Italy

    August 10, 1997
  • 1996

    Whistler, Canada

    Whistler, Canada

    August 10, 1996
  • 1995

    Athens, Greece

    Athens, Greece

    August 10, 1995
  • 1994

    Merida, Mexico

    Merida, Mexico

    August 10, 1994
  • 1993

    Tallinn, Estonia

    Tallinn, Estonia

    August 10, 1993
  • 1992

    Poprad, Slovakia

    Poprad, Slovakia

    August 10, 1992
  • 1991

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    August 10, 1991
  • 1990

    San Francisco, USA

    San Francisco, USA

    August 10, 1990
  • 1989

    Paris, France

    Paris, France

    August 10, 1989
  • 1988

    Mbabane, Swaziland

    Mbabane, Swaziland

    August 10, 1988
  • 1987

    Kalterherberg, Germany

    Kalterherberg, Germany

    August 10, 1987
  • 1986

    Stockholm, Sweden

    Stockholm, Sweden

    August 10, 1986
  • 1985

    Oslo, Norway

    Oslo, Norway

    August 10, 1985
  • 1984

    London, England

    London, England

    August 10, 1984
  • 1983

    Brussels, Belgium

    Brussels, Belgium

    August 10, 1983
  • 1982

    Zurich, Switzerland

    Zurich, Switzerland

    August 10, 1982

36

World Conferences

2906

participants

We want to create new

global freedom leaders

Liberty International has organized 36 world conferences since 1982, and all but three have been hosted outside the United States.

These have helped inspire the creation and growth of regional networks, plus local organizations and outreach publishing projects in dozens of countries around the world.

Our World Conferences are “family affairs” where the world’s most innovative libertarian minds connect and create lifelong friendships. Please join us in learning about how to expand freedom in the conditions we face in present times.

Liberty International, along with the host – José Luis Cordeiro, invites you to its 37th World Conference in Madrid, Spain, from August 16-19, 2023.

With a guiding theme “How to life long, free and prosper” we intend to bring you quality, libertarian solutions that can be applied in everyday life. We will build on three main pillars. They will not only provide you with a better understanding of libertarian principles, but more importantly will help you achieve personal freedom in the most essential areas of your life.

Day 1: How to live forever?
Day 2: Fighting for freedom
Day 3: What causes prosperity?

History

We organized the first LI world conference in August 1982 in Zurich, Switzerland, and drew about 70 attendees from North America, Western Europe, and individuals from Australia, Guatemala, and South Africa.

Inspired by Zurich, Hubert Jongen of the Dutch Libertarian Center organized a big conference the following year in Brussels. LI continues to focus on building the European movement with conferences in or near London (1984), Oslo (1985), Stockholm (1986), Dusseldorf (1987), and Paris (1989).

Stockholm was livened up by controversy about having white South Africans speak at the conference. Ultra-liberal Sweden assumed that all SA whites were racist (sound familiar?)  Leon Louw, president of the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa in Johannesburg, and his wife Frances Kendall were top anti-apartheid activists. It took endorsements from Winnie Mandela and Bishop Tutu to get the Swedish government to admit the Louws into the country. Then we got picketed by the Communist Youth League!

In 1988, Frances & Leon organized the LI World Conference in neighboring Swaziland. We had 12 members of the still-banned ANC who were quite open to libertarian ideas. Frances had published a non-fiction best-seller South Africa: The Solution, which proposed a Swiss-style cantonal system (and libertarian ideas) to diffuse hostility between the country’s various racial and tribal groups. Their work, and the help of contacts made at the previous Stockholm conference, led them to be formally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988, 89, and 91 – an honor which goes to only about 10 people each year).

By 1990, we held a star-studded World Conference in San Francisco with the Louws, Ron Paul, Barbara Branden, and several free-market environmentalists. And for the closing banquet – which drew 400 people – the keynote was Nobel laureate, Milton Friedman.

Moving into the 1990s, the big world development of the course was the fall of the Berlin Wall and soon the Soviet Union. And China was becoming somewhat liberalized. In 1992, we held our World Conference in Poprad, Slovakia. The facility turned out to be a run-down technical high school next to a chemical plant. We all got a real taste of life in eastern Europe, as they were barely beginning to recover from communism. It led to some of our conferences’ best camaraderie, including with the local hosts.

When the conferences moved into Eastern Europe, our donors enabled us to offer scholarships to students and young activists from the region. Over 500 individuals have participated thanks to the scholarships, and many have gone on to start or expand think tanks, become academics, journalists, businesspeople, or run for public office. One of our 2006 Prague conference scholarship recipients was a young Polish activist, Jacek Spendel, who is now LI President.

The connections that have been formed from these conferences are invaluable. Many have found translators and publishers for their works in new countries, while others have found partners for projects to promote liberty.

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