Hungary’s iPad Constitution

March 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

In what will surely be a publicity boon for Apple, especially among political scientists, Hungary’s new constitution is being written on an iPad. Thus far, this is one of the best-known bits of information concerning Hungary’s current constitutional drafting process. But lovers of liberty should take note of Hungary’s project not because it is a […]

The Workshop of World Politics (event archive)

February 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Liberty Forum

IR Professor Tilo Schabert spoke at our Liberty Forum event about international relations and european integration from a historical and philosophical perspective. During the discussion he addressed the elite-led construction of the European Union, the original French and German ideas of a European federal system and the constitutional lessons learned from the German unification, as well as potential […]

Is It Only a Matter of Time Before the Euro Collapses? (event archive)

February 23, 2011 by  
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Dr Iain Begg (professor, London School of Economics) spoke at a joint event of the Common Sense Society, the LSE Alumni and the Hungarian Europe Society about the effects of the financial crisis on the European Union. His lecture addressed the most important question of the future regarding the financial and economic integration of the […]

Start up! – Just do it (event archive)

February 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Start Up! Entrepreneurship Program

Young entrepreneurs in action: three myth busting stories that will inspire you, motivate you, and make you believe that yes, you can do it too. Our role models for business creation talked about how to stay in learning mode, how to start-up your own business in Hungary and just do it. Our panel was moderated […]

Should the Holy Crown Doctrine be included in the Preamble? (event archive)

January 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

At the fifth event of the Constitution of Liberty program professor Tóth Zoltán József, renown scholar of the Holy Crown Doctrine explained the centurys old concept to the members of the Common Sense Society. We discussed the relevance of the doctrine to the constitutional reform process, its relation to the separation of church and state, […]

Is Freedom of Speech Threatened in Hungary? (event archive)

January 12, 2011 by  
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At a panel discussion on January 12, 2011, we explored the realities of free speech and freedom of the press in Hungary.  The panel featuring dr. Mihály Gálik (Corvinus University), dr. György Ocskó (National Media and Broadcasting Commission), Andris Mellakauls (Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services – Council of Europe), András Stumpf (Heti […]

Diplomatic Discussion with Israel’s Ambassador to Hungary (event archive)

December 1, 2010 by  
Filed under DIP!

CSS hosted Aliza Bin-Noun, Ambassador of Israel, for a candid discussion that included the Ambassador’s unique insights as a diplomat of Transylvanian origin posted to Budapest. She also spoke about her career, the relationship between the Israeli army and Jewish identity, the pertinent issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the effects of the wikileaks scandal on Israel, anti-semitism in Hungary, and […]

Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law in the New Constitution

November 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

The third event of our Constitution of Liberty program featured a panel Sándor Udvary (Károli University) Pál Sonnevend (ELTE University) and András Varga Zs. (Pázmány University) moderated by András Jakab (Pázmány University).

Diplomatic Discussion about the U.S. Mission in Iraq

October 25, 2010 by  
Filed under DIP!

Paul O’Friel, political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, joined CSS members for an off-the-record discussion and illustrated presentation about his experiences in Iraq. O’Friel is a former Iraq PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) leader. Topics included experiences leading the U.S. post-war rebuilding efforts in war-torn Iraq, the nature of irregular warfare in the Middle […]

Should Hungary’s Constitution be Reformed or Transformed?

October 11, 2010 by  
Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

Our guest debaters were András Jakab (Associate Professor of Law at Pázmány University and editor of the Commentary of the Hungarian Constitution) and István Stumpf (professor of political science at ELTE university Faculty of Law and judge on Hungary’s Constitutional Court). András Jakab argued that Hungary’s new constitution should reflect modest constitutional reform while István […]

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