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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 / Intern
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


Martin Krygier: The Ideal of the Rule of Law and Private Power

In his new CEU DI Working Paper our Senior Research Fellow Martin Krygier argues for the inclusion of private power as integral to the ideal of the rule of law.

Andras Sajo: On the Difficulties of Rule of Law Restoration

“The inherent weaknesses and uncertainties of the Rule of Law contribute to illiberal regime building,” our Senior Research Fellow Andras Sajo argues in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Sarah Ganty and Dimitry Kochenov on the Belgian Constitutional Court

The Belgian Constitutional Court has “recently condoned the torture of an innocent citizen putting the very right to life on the line in a blunt attack against the overwhelming political consensus,” our researchers Sarah Ganty and Dimitry Kochenov write in Knack.

Petra Bard, Nora Chronowski, Zoltan Fleck: Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Constitutional Identity in Europe

After showing how constitutional identity may be created and coded, the latest CEU DI Working Paper by our Research Affiliate Petra Bard, Nora Chronowski and Zoltan Fleck offers examples of the uses, misuses, and abuses of the concept by various EU Member States.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Rule of Law Workgroup - CLOSED

The CEU Democracy Institute's Rule of Law Workgroup is looking for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with an excellent record of publications and international collaboration on the rule of law, strong familiarity with ongoing international and European litigation, and political developments in this field.


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.