From 2006 to 2010, Freedom Week was organized by Freedom Alliance, a not-for-profit company run by libertarian activist JP Floru. Since 2011, JP has decided to move on to new projects, and Freedom Week is being run as a joint project of the Adam Smith Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs, two of the world’s leading think tanks.The goal of Freedom Week is a simple one: it exists to inspire a promising group of students and give them the knowledge, the confidence, and the network they need to go out and defend freedom.The seminar is designed to educate students about the ideas and principles behind free markets and the free society. Its intensive programme of lectures, discussions and debates – all conducted in a relaxed, informal atmosphere – covers a variety of topics, and quickly gives students a grounding in the fundamentals of classical liberalism. Past highlights of Freedom Week have included:
- Steve Davies on The History of Liberty
- Mark Pennington on Free Market Environmentalism
- Craig Smith on Classical Liberalism and Social Justice
- Paul Gunn on Classical Liberalism and Multiculturalism
- Anthony Evans on Competition and Monopoly
- Madsen Pirie on Winning Freedom’s Battles
But Freedom Week is not just about lectures. It is also a wonderful opportunity for participants to make like-minded friends, and to build a network with each other, the lecturers, and the think tanks which will help them to advance the cause of freedom in their future careers.