COVID-19 Series: III

  • Event Start: 2nd June 2020, 5:00pm
  • Event Type:
Podcast Debate:

COVID-19:  A Gateway to Authoritarianism?

Authoritarian governments have been both lauded and criticised for their handling of the COVID-19 crisis.  While the most effective tracking and prevention technologies function best under authoritarian regimes, many fear such technologies opening the door to a greater role of the state in everyday life.  Will the pandemic spell the end of liberal democracy as we know it?


  • Linda Sarsour : American women’s and civil rights activist, known for her work on the 2017 and 2019 Women’s Marches.  Her memoir was published in March
  • Dr Erica Frantz : Assistant Professor in Political Science at Michigan State University, and expert on the security and policy implications of authoritarian rule
  • Rami Khouri : Senior Fellow and Professor of Journalism at the American University of Beirut, and nonresident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School
  • Prof Lawrence Gostin : Director of the Georgetown University O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and expert in public health law


This event will be via podcast : for Spotify Podcast, CLICK HERE: forApple Podcast, CLICK HERE : or for Listen Notes, CLICK HERE


Our weekly debates have always been at the very heart of the Oxford Union and it has been our mission to take our members to the very frontlines of the great arguments of the day.  This term will be no different as we strive to honour our commitment to public debate by showcasing a great and important diversity of opinions through the medium of podcast.
These debates will be structured like panel discussions and will be broadcast as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and Listen Notes Podcasts