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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
Petr Agha Research Affiliate
Petra Bard CEU Research Affiliate
Elena Basheska Research Affiliate
Mariam Begadze CEU Doctoral Fellow
Violeta Besirevic CEU Research Affiliate
Dorjana Bojanovska Popovska Post-doctoral Fellow
Sarah Ganty CEU Research Affiliate / Research Incubation Fellow
Oliver Garner Editor / Post-doctoral Fellow / re:constitution Fellow
Barbara Grabowska-Moroz Senior Research Fellow
Joelle Grogan Senior Research Fellow
Martin Krygier Senior Research Fellow
Katarzyna Lakomiec Research Affiliate
Rafal Manko Research Affiliate
Rafael Nunes Junior Research Affiliate
Laurent Pech Senior Research Fellow
Wojciech Sadurski Senior Research Fellow
Andras Sajo Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Omer Shatz Senior Research Fellow
Renata Uitz Senior Research Fellow
Garvan Walshe Research Affiliate
Miroslaw Wroblewski Senior Research Fellow
Edit Zgut-Przybylska Research Affiliate
Michal Ziolkowski Research Affiliate


DI Director Laszlo Bruszt Discusses Rule of Law Clinic on Civil Rádió

The DI’s Director, Laszlo Bruszt discussed our Rule of Law Clinic project in an interview on Hungarian radio station Civil Rádió.

CEU Democracy Institute Establishes Rule of Law Clinic

Central European University (CEU) has established a Rule of Law Clinic at its Democracy Institute in Budapest, Hungary, to address urgent challenges to the Rule of Law in Europe, with a generous one million Euro grant from the Stiftung Mercator.

Andras Sajo: Militant Rule of Law and Not-So-Bad Law

"In illiberal regimes, the self-corrective mechanisms of the rule of law are gradually eliminated, but the name of the game remains the rule of law," our Senior Research Fellow Andras Sajo writes in the latest DI Working Paper.

Miroslaw Wroblewski Appointed President of the Personal Data Protection Office in Poland

We are happy to share the news that our Senior Research Fellow at the Rule of Law workgroup and Director of our Rule of Law Clinic Miroslaw Wroblewski has been appointed President of the Personal Data Protection Office in Poland.

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz: The Pegasus scandal in Poland – between old problems with state surveillance and the current rule of law crisis

Our Post-doctoral Research Fellow Barbara Grabowska-Moroz calls for the transformation of captured institutions in her analysis of the Pegasus scandal in Poland in a new piece for About:intel.


Webinar Series: Constitutional Populism

The research project Constitutional Populism: Friend or Foe of Constitutional Democracy, led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), organized a series of webinars co-hosted by the DI and the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law.

Nationalism, Populism, and the Politics of Religion. Towards an Illiberal Reframing of Fundamental Rights

Did you miss the lecture by Professor Susanna Mancini under our Organised religion, constitutions and democratic backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe project? Read a summary or watch it now.

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.