There was a roundtable discussion held at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center on 12-18-2017. The roundtable discussion was put together by Sujit Choudhry, Mattias Kumm, and Michael Meyer-Resende. All three are very experienced in constitutional matters and the subject that they wanted to cover was the future of democracy in Poland and Hungary. Authoritarianism has been taking over in these two countries for a number of years while they had one both been constitutional democracies. The discussion was why is this occurring and what can be done about it.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union many of the CEE countries turned to democracy. Some are even now members of the European Union. Both Hungary and Poland use the EU’s political, economic, and legal frameworks as the bedrock of both countries. However, they are sliding into autocracies in a process that is known as “authoritarian backsliding”. This has occurred in other nations so the roundtable compared their situations to what this happening in these two countries in order to piece together why these two countries are increasingly stepping away from democracy.
Another aim of Sujit Choudhry and his constitutional cohorts was to figure out if there was a way to return Poland and Hungary to democracies and how to go about it. This was looked at from a number of angles including constitutionally, administratively, and politically, and institutionally. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for a related article.
The Center for Constitutional Transitions is an organization that Sujit Choudry serves as its founding director. It gathers information about constitutions and also performs research into the questions surrounding them. This information is presented to policymakers so that they have evidence-based science on which to make their decisions. Have a better insight into his career choices, check inspirery.com.
Sujit Choudhry is also a constitutional scholar. He teaches currently at the University of California, Berkeley law school. For update on his recent timeline activities, hit on this.
His college education in the law was obtained in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has taught comparative constitutional law in both Canada and America. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities when it comes to constitutional law. Read more about his achievements, hop over to law.nyu.edu.
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