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Consortium on Global Resistance to Authoritarian Diffusion

Consortium on Global Resistance to Authoritarian Diffusion 

From South Africa and Brazil to the United States and beyond, authoritarian forces are challenging democratic norms and meeting resistance from domestic and transnational actors.

The Transnational Law Institute (TLI) is proud to launch the Consortium on Global Resistance to Authoritarian Diffusion (GRAD Consortium) project, which will study authoritarian developments in selected countries and explore domestic and international resistance to them. Among other countries, we will look into autocratisation processes in Brazil, China, Hungary, India, South Africa and the United States.

The project asks:

  • What are the primary forms of autocratisation taking place today?
  • What are the economic, social and political drivers of autocratisation?
  • How are autocratic norms and practices diffused around the world?
  • What forms of resistance have emerged within autocratising countries?
  • What role have the legal system and lawyers played in the resistance?
  • What are the sources of transnational resistance to autocratisation, how are they linked to domestic groups, and how effective have they been?


The GRAD Consortium will be supported by the initial GRAD Partners: the TLI, based at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London; the Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in Sao Paulo (FGVLAW-SP), the University of Wisconsin Law School (UW), and the Project on Autocratic Legalism (PAL).


The GRAD Consortium has been launched in November 2022, with an event at The Dickson Poon School of Law featuring our partners and experts from all over the world.