The Future of Rule of Law Constitutionalism in Hungary. A high-level debate

Date: Wednesday, 2.02.2022, 14:45, Live on Facebook

CEU Democracy Institute and Review of Democracy are organising a high-level debate with Péter Márki-Zay, András Sajó, Kim Lane Scheppele, Michal Šimečka on the future of constitutionalism in Hungary

In the light of complex multi-level criticism of the state of the Rule of Law in Hungary and the role it plays in the European Union, the future of Rule of Law constitutionalism has been in the spotlight and subject to intense public debate among politicians, academics and the broader public. This CEU Democracy Institute event aims to make a significant contribution to the on-going conversation by offering a platform to several leading personalities at the heart of the rule of law engagements to exchange views on the future of constitutionalism in Hungary.


Péter Márki-Zay is a Hungarian politician. He has been the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely since 2018, and is the co-founder of the Everybody’s Hungary Movement. As the winner of the 2021 opposition primary, he will be the candidate of the Hungarian opposition challenging Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the 2022 parliamentary election.

András Sajó is a Hungarian lawyer and former European Court of Human Rights judge. He is widely considered as one of the leading constitutional scholars of Central and East Europe. He was the founding Dean of the Legal Studies department at the Central European University. Later he chaired the Comparative Constitutional Law LL.M. program. After completing the term at the Court, Sajó returned to the CEU, where he currently is a Professor.

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. She is also a faculty fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her primary field is the sociology of law and she specializes in ethnographic and archival research on courts and public institutions. Professor Scheppele’s research examines the rise and fall of constitutional government.

Michal Šimečka is a Slovak politician, journalist, researcher, and Vice-President of of the European Parliament since 2019. He is the Vice-President, and one of the founding members, of the liberal party Progressive Slovakia, having successfully led the party’s candidate list in the 2019 elections, where they received the highest percentage of the national vote.

Benjamin Novak (moderator) is a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Novak has reported from Hungary for nearly a decade. He has covered issues and events surrounding the rule of law and judicial independence, as well as Hungary’s relations with the European Union and United States. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies, and his reporting appears in The New York Times.

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