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

January 8, 2013 by   Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

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 […]

Hungary’s Checks and Balances: Alive and Well? (event archive)

May 31, 2012 by   Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

Hungary’s democratic checks and balances have been the subject of heavy criticism and scrutiny – both foreign and domestic. Some have argued that the new constitution weakens the separation of powers while others see the potential of judicial activism in interpreting the new constitution as a strong counterbalancing factor. The political discourse is preoccupied with […]

Marion Smith: Protecting Hungary’s Freedoms

April 6, 2011 by   Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

By reinforcing property rights, economic liberty and an independent judiciary, Budapest can finally complete the regime change of 1989. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has voiced its belief that Hungarians need to return to a philosophy of self-reliance and personal responsibility. Yet this can only happen if the state does not take on […]

Marion Smith: Four Recommendations for Hungary’s Proposed Constitution

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

Abstract: Although a free and democratic state after the reforms of 1989, Hungary has never had a legitimate written constitution that unambiguously represents the consent of the governed. In September 2010, the Fidesz–KDNP government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, initiated a constitution drafting process, and on March 14, it formally submitted a draft constitution […]

Marion Smith: Hungary Needs A Constitutional Ratification Convention

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

Led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary is finally getting a new constitution. The old one was adopted in 1949 and significantly amended in 1989, leaving Hungary as the only country in the former Eastern Bloc that did not formally adopt a new constitution upon gaining independence. Doing so now is monumentally important. The governing […]

Hungary’s New Constitution: Prospects for the Rule of Law & Liberty in New Europe (event archive)

March 21, 2011 by   Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

At this critical juncture, Hungary has the chance to provide a model for proper constitutionalism in Europe.  To fail, in the words of Alexander Hamilton, would be a “general misfortune for mankind.”  Americans are watching with expectation Hungary’s new experiment in establishing good government. The event was co-sponsored by the Hungarian American Coalition and the Heritage […]

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 […]

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, […]

Assessing the New Constitution Draft Document (event archive)

December 7, 2010 by   Filed under Hungary's Constitution of Liberty

Dr Péter Hack, professor of law at ELTE university spoke at the fourth Constitution of Liberty event and lead a discussion on the draft document of the new constitution published by the Parliament’s ad hoc drafting committee on December 1, 2010. The event assessed the main prospective changes in the text of the Constitution 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).

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