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Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, Dimitry Kochenov: The Loss of Face for Everyone Concerned

“Rule of law is not secured sufficiently, either in the EU or by the EU, causing all concerned to lose face,” Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, Research Fellow in our Rule of Law workgroup and the workgroup’s lead researcher, Dimitry Kochenov write in their book chapter in Migrants' Rights, Populism and Legal Resilience in Europe published by Cambridge University Press

The chapter focuses “on the link between the rule of law and migration in the poisonous context of democratic decay and rule of law backsliding in the EU.” The analysis draws on the Hungarian case study, where “overall institutional changes introduced since 2010 have led to the establishment of a regime described as ‘illiberal’ and as ‘authoritarian’.”

The authors argue that “Hungarian asylum policy is essentially designed with one key goal in mind: to deprive people of the right to seek asylum in breach of the international obligations of Hungary and of EU law. This is a direct result of a broader process of rule of law backsliding.”

“The Hungarian case study proves that unresolved issues of rule of law backsliding in some EU Member States affects both the practical implementation of EU basic values (e.g., solidarity) and the proper functioning of EU policies (e.g., asylum policy),” the authors write.

Learn more about the chapter here.

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