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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 on Organized Religion and Democratic Backsliding

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.


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.

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. 

Rule of Law Conditionality: The Sharpest New Tool in the Box?

Oliver Garner interviews Professor Petra Bard (CEU and Eötvös Loránd University) on the new regime of budget conditionality to enforce the Rule of Law in the European Union.