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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.

Researchers

Dimitry Vladimirovich Kochenov Lead Researcher / Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Antoni Abat i Ninet Post-doctoral Fellow
Petr Agha Research Affiliate
Beata Bako Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow
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, re:constitution Fellow
Barbara Grabowska-Moroz Post-doctoral Fellow
Joelle Grogan Research Fellow
Martin Krygier Senior Research Fellow
Andras Laszlo Pap CEU Research Affiliate
Laurent Pech Senior Research Fellow
Andras Sajo Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Maciej Taborowski Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow
Renata Uitz Co-director / CEU Professor
Jacquelyn Veraldi Junior Research Fellow
Anna Wojcik Research Affiliate, re:constitution Fellow

News

Dimitry Kochenov, Graham Butler: Independence of the Court of Justice of the European Union: Unchecked Member States Power after the Sharpston Affair

Questions have rarely arisen about the judicial independence of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Dimitry Kochenov, lead researcher of our Rule of Law Workgroup and Graham Butler (Aarhus University) write in their article in European Law Journal.

Petra Bard, Dimitry Kochenov: War as a Pretext To Wave the Rule of Law Goodbye? The Case for an EU Constitutional Awakening

“The Russian aggression against Ukraine has also served as a pretext for putting aside internal discussions about the rule of law,” our researchers Petra Bard and Dimitry Kochenov write in their article in European Law Journal.

Petra Bard: In Courts We Trust, or Should We? Judicial Independence as the Precondition for the Effectiveness of EU Law

The “EU possesses an arsenal of tools to address dissuasively rule of law problems in the Member States,” our Research Affiliate Petra Bard argues in her article in European Law Journal.

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 and Dimitry Kochenov write in their book chapter published by Cambridge University Press.

Anna Wojcik on the EU’s Approval of Poland’s Recovery Funds

“Granting the Polish government more leeway and time over this process is an unnecessary concession,” our Research Affiliate Anna Wojcik said to The Guardian.

Audiovisuals

EU Rule of Law Case-Law: Crucial Recent Developments

Co-organized with re:constitution and RECONNECT, the first public event of CEU Democracy Institute’s Rule of Law Working Group allowed key DI experts engaged with the case-law to outline the bigger picture, while focusing on crucial details. 

New Podcast: A Legal Perspective on Coronavirus Vaccination Passports

Luiza Bialasiewicz, Nikolaus Forgo, Joelle Grogan, Oskar Gstrein and Dimitry Kochenov discussed European vaccine passports and their impact on the citizens’ rights and the Rule of Law in Europe.

Academic Freedom and the Rule of Law

In the latest RevDem Rule of Law podcast, Oliver Garner interviews Professor Nandini Ramanujam on the interplay of the concepts of academic freedom and the rule of law, in both liberal and illiberal societies.

The Future of Democracy in EU Member States

Debates on the state of democracy in EU Member States have been intensifying. In a debate organized by the CEU Democracy Institute, chaired by Dimitry Kochenov and moderated by R. Daniel Kelemen, Vera Jourova, Clement Beaune and Michal Simecka addressed the question how to strengthen democracy at the national level.

Adding Bite to the Member States' Rule of Law Bark?

Oliver Garner interviews Professor Dimitry Kochenov on the prospects for Member State to Member State infringement actions to enforce the Rule of Law in the EU.