Chief Justice Paczolay on the Role of the Constitutional Court in Hungary

January 8, 2013 by  

One year has passed since Hungary’s new Basic Law (Constitution) entered into effect. Since then, a recent landmark decision by the Constitutional Court has promised a check on the legislative power and charted a way forward for Hungary’s constitutional order. What are the basic principles behind the Court’s decisions? What is the state of separation of powers in Hungary? And what lies ahead as we enter a new legislative year with foreseeable additional amendments to the Basic Law?  Hungarian Constitutional Court Chief Justice Péter Paczolay addressed these issues at the first meeting of the Common Sense Society in 2013. The event was hosted by CSS President Marion Smith. Chatham House Rule applied.

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