Gabor Halmai

Legally sophisticated authoritarians: the Hungarian Lex CEU

On 28 March the Hungarian government tabled an amendment to the Act on National Higher Education in Parliament. Even though the draft is formulated in normative terms, the only targeted institution is the Central European University (CEU), founded by George Soros, one of the main enemies of the Viktor Orbán’s ‘illiberal state’. Michael Ignatieff, former professor […]

Regime Change in the US?

Many of the assessments of the outcome of the US presidential election predict not only a move towards illiberal and populist policy, but envisage a change of the regime to autocracy. Turkuler Iseksel (Prepare for Regime Change, Not Policy Change, Dissent, November 13, 2016) likens the outcome of the illiberal populist movements in Turkey, Russia, […]

Invalid Anti-Migrant Referendum in Hungary

by Gábor Halmai, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the EUI On Sunday, 2 October, Hungarian voters went to the polls to answer one referendum question: “Do you want to allow the European Union to mandate the relocation of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of the National Assembly?” Although 92 % of those […]