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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
Rodion Belkovich Research Affiliate
Violeta Besirevic CEU Research Affiliate
Andrey Bystrov Research Affiliate
Sarah Ganty CEU Research Affiliate
Oliver Garner Editor / Post-doctoral Fellow / re:constitution Fellow
Barbara Grabowska-Moroz Post-doctoral Fellow
Joelle Grogan Senior Research Fellow
Martin Krygier Senior Research Fellow
Rafal Manko Research Affiliate
Laurent Pech Senior Research Fellow
Wojciech Sadurski Senior Research Fellow
Andras Sajo Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor
Renata Uitz Senior Research Fellow
Garvan Walshe Research Affiliate
Edit Zgut-Przybylska re:constitution Fellow


Oliver Garner: The Monarch: Silent Guardian of the United Kingdom Constitution?

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the coronation of King Charles III may mark a renewal of the constitutional identity of the United Kingdom, our Post-doctoral Fellow Oliver Garner argues in the latest CEU DI Working Paper.

Sarah Ganty, Dimitry Kochenov, Suryapratim Roy: Unlawful Nationality-Based Bans from the Schengen Zone: Poland, Finland, and the Baltic States against Russian Citizens and EU Law

There is no legal way under current European Union law to adopt a citizenship-based ban on entering the Schengen zone, our Research Affiliate Sarah Ganty, Dimitry Kochenov, lead researcher of our Rule of Law Workgroup and Suryapratim Roy (Trinity College Dublin) argue in their article in the Yale Journal of International Law.

Martijn van den Brink: Taking the Gamble? A Legal and Political Analysis of the Possible Suspension of the Hungarian Council Presidency

In the latest CEU DI Working Paper Martijn van den Brink (Jacques Delors Centre, Hertie School of Governance) suggests that it might be better to allow Hungary to chair the Council in 2024 rather than in several years.

Edit Zgut-Przybylska on Hungary’s Hostage Diplomacy

“This will certainly not help the rule of law dispute with the EU,” our re:constitution Fellow Edit Zgut-Przybylska said to Al Jazeera English.

Dimitry Kochenov on the Serbian Citizenship Law

The amendments “will significantly improve the position of stateless people, as well as all those who had to flee their own countries," Dimitry Kochenov, lead researcher of our Rule of Law Workgroup said to BBC Serbia.


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.