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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

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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Failing to Struggle or Struggling to Fail? On the New Judiciary Legislation Changes in Romania

By on 31st January 2018

The judiciary and its independence have been a continuous issue at stake in the post-communist Romania. Built mostly on the communist judiciary, which was almost totally subdued to the political power, and without any lustration taking place, the Romanian post-communist judicial system inherited many of the features of the past: a certain inclination for obedience […]

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Book Review: ‘Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law’ by Francesco Palermo and Karl Kössler (Hart Publishing, 2017)

By on 15th January 2018

On 22nd January a roundtable discussion will be held at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa to launch Francesco Palermo’s and Karl Kössler’s recently published book ‘Comparative Federalism: Constitutional Arrangements and Case Law’ (Hart Publishing, 2017). The panel will be chaired by the ConstPol working group’s adviser Professor Gábor Halmai and will feature Timothy Jacob-Owens, one […]

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Populist Constitutionalism? (6): Kim Lane Scheppele on Autocratic Legalism

By on 16th November 2017

The final contribution in our series on populism and constitutionalism comes from Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University, who discusses the ways in which modern autocrats in Hungary, Turkey, and elsewhere hide inside the language of constitutionalism whilst dismantling constitutional orders. Professor Scheppele will be the keynote speaker […]

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