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Rule of Law

Attacks on rule of law have long been integral to democratic decay. However, today’s authoritarians often instrumentalize law and democratic norms. Most research in this field focuses on the law or politics. The Institute, by contrast, will bring together lawyers, political scientists, sociologists and political economists to explore the how the erosion of rule of law shapes national developmental models and the extent to which it varies across economic sectors or through the influence of domestic or external actors.


Dimitry Vladimirovich Kochenov Lead Researcher / Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Antoni Abat i Ninet Post-doctoral Fellow
Petr Agha Research Affiliate
Petra Bard CEU Research Affiliate
Elena Basheska OSUN Post-doctoral Fellow
Mariam Begadze OSUN Doctoral Fellow
Rodion Belkovich Research Affiliate
Violeta Besirevic CEU Research Affiliate
Andrey Bystrov Research Affiliate
Sarah Ganty Research Affiliate
Oliver Garner Editor / Post-doctoral Fellow / re:constitution Fellow
Barbara Grabowska-Moroz Post-doctoral Fellow
Joelle Grogan Research Fellow
Martin Krygier Senior Research Fellow
Teodora Miljojkovic OSUN Doctoral Fellow
Andras Laszlo Pap CEU Research Affiliate
Laurent Pech Senior Research Fellow
Evgeny Romanovskiy Junior Research Affiliate
Wojciech Sadurski Senior Research Fellow
Andras Sajo Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Renata Uitz Co-director / CEU Professor
Jacquelyn Veraldi Junior Research Fellow
Garvan Walshe Research Affiliate
Edit Zgut-Przybylska re:constitution Fellow


DI Launches New Project

In collaboration with Hertie School and EUI, we are happy to announce the launch of our new project, entitled Organized Religion, Constitutions and Democratic Backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe (ReLiCon).

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz: The Systemic Implications of the Supranational Legal Order for the Practice of the Rule of Law

“The European Union legal order constitutes an important challenge to traditional thinking about the rule of law,” our Post-doctoral Research Fellow Barbara Grabowska-Moroz writes in her article for The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law.

Petra Bard, Viktor Zoltan Kazai: Enforcement of a Formal Conception of the Rule of Law as a Potential Way Forward to Address Backsliding: Hungary as a Case Study

The presumption ‘once a democracy, always a democracy,’ “proved to be wrong,” our Research Affiliate Petra Bard and Viktor Zoltan Kazai write in their article for The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law.

Renata Uitz Presented Her Ongoing Research

In her presentation our Co-director Renata Uitz talked about her ongoing research project Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe.

Renata Uitz on Hungary and Brazil

Anti-tyranny mechanisms only work with politicians who accept the rules, our Co-director Renata Uitz said in an interview with Folha de S. Paulo.


Focus On Research - Renata Uitz

In the CEU's Focus On Research series, our Co-Director Renata Uitz speaks on "The Routledge Handbook of IIliberalism" (2021 by Routledge), the first authoritative reference work dedicated to illiberalism as a complex social, political, cultural, legal, and mental phenomenon.

Values, Rights and Principles in EU Law

Did you miss our event "Values, Rights and Principles in EU Law" with Lucia Serena Rossi, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Law? Watch it now!

Andras Sajo on Ruling by Cheating

Our Senior Research Fellow, Andras Sajo speaks about his book, Ruling by Cheating – Governance in Illiberal Democracy, published by Cambridge University Press.

Ruling by Cheating?

RevDem assistant editor Teodora Miljojkovic talks with Andras Sajo, Professor in the Department of Legal Studies at CEU, Senior Research Fellow at CEU Democracy Institute, and former judge of the European Court of Human Rights about his new book.

Petra Bard on the Rule of Law in the EU

Our Research Affiliate Petra Bard gave a one-hour-podcast-interview to the legal chapter of the popular Hungarian YouTube channel Partizan on the rule of law in the European Union.