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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

Laurent Pech and Anna Wojcik Quoted by The New York Times

Systemic issues remain unaddressed, our Senior Research Fellow Laurent Pech said to New York Times. “The situation of [Polish] judges remains very difficult,” our Research Affiliate Anna Wojcik added.

Beata Bako: Governing without Being in Power?: Controversial Promises for a New Transition to the Rule of Law in Hungary

In Hungary, “Fidesz cemented all significant rules, institutions and positions into the constitution and cardinal laws,” our Research Affiliate Beata Bako writes in her article in Heidelberg Journal of International Law.

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.

Audiovisuals

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.