Leonard Liggio: "Awarded the Life Achievment Award of the European Resource Bank"

The European Resource Bank Meeting is the largest annual congress of free market think-tanks in Europe (7-9 June in Vienna).

Wien (OTS) - "He is a great and unique promoter of independent Think Tanks and a distinguished senior scholar at the Institute for Humane Studies. Leonard Liggio is one of our special guests at this year's European Resource Bank conference in Vienna. And I am honored and proud to award Professor Leonard Liggio with the Life Achievment Award of the European Resource Bank, especially for his contributions to the Free Market Movement," says Dr. Barbara Kolm, the Director of the Austrian Economics Center. Leonard will be awarded this prestigious award nearly one month before his 80th birthday on July 5th.
Professor Leonard Liggio is Executive Director of The Templetion Foundation and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Leonard began his interest in liberty before World War II. He grew up listening to commentaries of both sides of the political spectrum on the radio. His parents were also divided as his father supported Roosevelt and his mother was opposed. He followed debates and in college was a supporter of Senator Robert A. Taft and his campaign for the presidency. From then on, Leonard, acquainted himself with FEE, the Foundation for Economic Education, which is the oldest free-market organization in the United States, and received their pamphlets. On breaks from Georgetown, he would sit in on Mises' seminars, where he began meeting more liberty oriented people.
Since college time Leonard has gone on to write famous articles, including "The Heritage of the Spanish Scholastics", "Christianity, Classical Liberalism are Liberty's Foundations", and "Freedom and Virtue." He was also a member of the Editorial Board at the Cato Journal, of the American Journal of Jurisprudence at Notre Dame Law School, and of Markets & Morality. He was the editor of Literature of Liberty: A Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought from 1978 to 1982 and created Left and Right: "A Journal of Libertarian Thought" with Murry Rothbard and George Resch in 1965.

"The publication emphasized common philosophical bonds unifying the anarchism and isolationism of the Old Right, and the instinctive pacifistic anarchism characterizing the New Left in the middle sixties," Director Kolm continues.

Leonard is a professor of history and law at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Leonard is also a visiting professor of law at Fanciso Marroquin University in Guatemala City, at the Academic Istropolitana in Bratislava, at the Institute for Political and Economic Studies at Georgetown University, and at the University of Aix-en-Provence in France.

"He has served as the treasurer of the Program Committee for Society's from 1996 to 2000, the chairman of the Program Committee for the 2002 meeting in London, England, the vice-president of the Mont Pelerin Society from 2000 to 2002, then its president from 2002 to 2004, and then as its senior vice president from 2004 to 2006," Kolm underlines.

Leonard has also been a trustee in many areas, some of which are the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Institute for Economic Studies, the Philadelphia Society, and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty from 1990 to 1999. "Beginning in 1989 he was also a trustee for the Institute for Humane Studies-Europe in Paris and later on in Aix, France in 1999. For the Institute for Humane Studies, he has also served as director of Programs in History and Social Theory, as executive vice-president and later as president," Kolm mentions.

Not only has he been a trustee, Leonard also serves on the boards of numerous of organizations including, the International Advisory Council in London, the Board of Trustees for Liberty Fund, the Advisory Council for the Acton Institute in Rome, the Advisory Council for the Toqueville Institute in Paris, the Advisory Council for the Friedrich August v. Hayek Institute in Vienna, and the Scientific Council for the Institute Turgot in Paris, just to name a few.

The Lifetime Achievment Award of the European Resource Bank will be handed over by Barbara Kolm, Director of the Austrian Economics Center and by Pierre Garello, President of the Institute for Economic Studies Europa, France.

José PIÑERA (International Center for Pension Reform, Chile, Former Minister of Labour and Social Security of Chile, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute, USA) is the key note speaker at the Gala Dinner in honor of Professor Leonard Liggio.

Gala Dinner

Location: Wiener Börsensäle, Wipplingerstraße 34, A-1031 Vienna Honoring Celebration on the Occasion of the 80th Birthday of Professor Leonard LIGGIO and Signing Ceremony of the European Charta.

Invitation to the Press Conference:

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Hayek Saal (Grünangergasse 1/15-1, 1010 Wien)

Austrian Economics Center: "Our Resolution for the Citizens of Europe"

The Austrian Economics Center, along with the most important Think Tanks in Europe, will sign a 5-Point-Resolution, calling the EU-Parliamentarians and EU-Bureaucracy to save. Immediately, the EU-Representatives should support efforts to strengthen free trade within Europe and with the economic powers all over the world. Since the treaty of Lisbon EU-Representatives are responsible for the ultimate decicionregarding EU-Trade Agreements.

The resolution requests, ahead of the upcoming elections to the EU-Parliament (May 22-25, 2014) all EU-Representatives to critically review whether Europe's markets must actually be stronger controlled and regulated or not.

During the press conference, Dr. Barbara Kolm will give a summary of the results of the 10th European Resource Bank Meeting (June 7-9 in Vienna) and will discuss the "Free Market Road Show," which has been touring since the 8th of May - through 26 different European cities and 24 European countries and which will continue until the 22nd of June in Estoril (Portugal).

Dr. Barbara Kolm, the director of the Austrian Economic Center and President of the Hayek Institut is looking forward to meeting you at the Hayek-Saal.


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