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A Matter of Content, not the Dilemma of Form. A Response to András Jakab and Wojciech Sadurski

The recent discussion between András Jakab and Wojciech Sadurski concerns the role and the possible moral dilemmas of a constitutional scholar and teacher in ‘autocratizing regimes’. However, the unexpressed experience behind the views is the dramatic passage of Hungary and Poland from a position of liberal democratic champions to the vanguard of illiberalism in the […]

COVID-19 and Borders: Has Scotland Taken Back Control?

Borders have been the political issue this week as the United Kingdom emerges from its COVID-19 ‘lockdown’. This blog has two key points. The first is how further evidence has emerged of the UK pulling apart through the British Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. The second point is that political discourse about Scotland’s borders […]

Is the Theory Culpable? A Response to a Statement against Constitutional Pluralism

Last month a group of prominent constitutional law and political studies scholars published or undersigned a joint statement (hereinafter: the statement) in which they call for an unquestionable supremacy of EU law over national law. They oppose the possibility of non-application of CJEU decisions by national courts. As a consequence, the authors also reject the […]

COVID-19: the relaxation of measures and the multinational UK

In the UK, the COVID crisis has only served to exacerbate the problems within a system of ad-hoc, asymmetric federalism. Put simply, the approaches in the different countries of the UK have diverged for no good reason. This blog is intended to show the inconsistencies across the UK nations, briefly contextualising this within an uneven […]

Human Dignity: Hungary for Change? The EU, Backsliding States, and the First Foundational Value

Where there is democratic backsliding, it is perhaps unsurprising that vulnerable groups, such as trans people, face particularly significant threats to their rights. Important questions surround the legality of Hungary’s recent attack on trans rights, namely Art.33 of the ‘omnibus Bill’, but this post also turns to the bigger picture of the EU’s management of […]