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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 Research Affiliate
Petr Agha Research Affiliate
Beáta Bakó Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow

Petra Bárd

CEU Research Affiliate

Elena Basheska

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Violeta Beširević

CEU Research Affiliate

Sarah Ganty Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Joelle Grogan Research Fellow

Martin Krygier

Senior Research Fellow

András László Pap CEU Research Affiliate

Laurent Pech

Senior Research Fellow

András Sajó

Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor

Emma Schulte Research Assistant

Maciej Taborowski

Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow

Renáta Uitz

Co-director / CEU Professor

Jacquelyn Veraldi Junior Research Fellow

Anna Wójcik

Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow



Petra Bard, Nora Chronowski, Zoltan Fleck: Inventing Constitutional Identity in Hungary

“Hungary's public law history has few elements that are compatible with modern constitutional values,” our Research Affiliate Petra Bard and co-authors Nora Chronowski and Zoltan Fleck write in their paper, published in MTA Law Working Papers.

Zoltan Fleck, Nora Chronowski, Petra Bard: The Crisis of the Rule of Law, Democracy and Fundamental Rights in Hungary

“The EU is harboring a Member State which, through a method of abusive constitutionalism, is not a constitutional democracy anymore,” our Research Affiliate Petra Bard and co-authors Zoltan Fleck and Nora Chronowski write in their paper, published in MTA Law Working Papers.

Petra Bard, Anita Koncsik, Zsolt Kortvelyesi: Tactics Against Criticism of Autocratization - The Hungarian Government and the EU’s Prolonged Toleration

Scholars and decision-makers fall “prey to illiberal tactics of misusing argument in the rule of law debate,” our Research Affiliate Petra Bard and co-authors Anita Koncsik and Zsolt Kortvelyesi write in their paper, published in MTA Law Working Papers.

Elena Basheska: EU Enlargement in Disregard of the Rule of Law

Enlargement of the European Union is a process intertwined in politics more so than rule of law, Elena Basheska, our post-doctoral research fellow, writes in the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law. 

Martin Krygier, Adam Czarnota, Wojciech Sadurski (eds.): Anti-Constitutional Populism

The volume, edited by our Senior Research Fellow Martin Krygier, Adam Czarnota (University of New South Wales) and Wojciech Sadurski (University of Sydney), and published by Cambridge University Press, brings together scholars from law, political science, and philosophy.


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.