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The European Parliament vs. the Hungarian Government

By on 22nd September 2018

For the first time ever, on September 12, the European Parliament (EP) launched Article 7 TEU (Lisbon Treaty) proceedings against Hungary’s government. The Parliament began the action by adopting a report by Judith Sargentini, a member from the Netherlands. The report lists 12 major concerns from the functioning of the constitutional and the electoral system to economic […]

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Paying Lip Service to the CJEU: The Unsurprising Decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania in the Coman Case

By on 29th July 2018

On June 5, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) held in Coman and Others that Member States should grant a right of residence to same-sex spouses of EU citizens when these exercise their right to freedom of movement (more on this judgement and its limitations here and here ). The CJEU judgement […]

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New Book: Constitutional Argument and Institutional Structure in the United States

By on 2nd July 2018

In collaboration with Hart Publishing, we are pleased to support the recent publication of Nicholas Papaspyrou’s book Constitutional Argument and Institutional Structure in the United States. Readers of our blog can receive a 20% discount by ordering online at www.hartpublishing.co.uk and using the code CV7 at the checkout. Abstract: US constitutional jurisprudence often conflates two distinct enquiries: how […]

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Fidesz and Faith: Ethno-Nationalism in Hungary

By on 29th June 2018

“The protection of Hungary’s self-identity and its Christian culture is the duty of all state organizations” says one of the new provisions of the 7th Amendment that was adopted on 20 June to change the country’s Fundamental Law of 2011. This article will highlight the legal, cultural and political background to this with possible consequences. […]

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Betraying Academic Freedom and Freedom of Association: the Hungarian Constitutional Court’s Decisions on Suspending the Constitutional Review of the ‘Lex CEU’ and the ‘Foreign Agent NGOs’ Act

By on 8th June 2018

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by Gábor Halmai* On 5 June the Hungarian Constitutional Court issued two injunction decisions, almost identical in their texts, in which the judges suspending the constitutional review procedures against two laws enacted in early April, 2017 by the Hungarian Parliament, outside the normal legislative process. The first, an amendment to the Act on National Higher […]

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