For some time now both Hungary and Polish governments have been retrenching themselves in various different authoritarian schemas. This has caused the rise of a great deal of concern from democratic activists the world over, first and foremost, Sujit Choudhry, the creator and leader of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, a think tank group dedicated to creating evidence based policy proscriptions and trajectories for countries and experts who are looking to move in a the direction of constitutional democracy. Choudhry, along with a panel of other notable experts, including, but not limited to, Michael Meyer Resende of DRI as well as Mattias Kumm of CGC, meet in December of 2017 to discuss the Polish and Hungarian situation at the Berlin Social Science Center for a talk entitled Recovering from Authoritarian Backsliding, Pathways and Prospects. A note-worthy article on patch.com.
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The talk was geared around raising awareness of the ways by which Poland and Hungary could buck their present authoritarian and ultra-nationalist trajectories and move more towards constitutional democracy. The panelists noted that the differential governmental modes of both Poland and Hungary threatened the entire fabric of Central Europe due to the fact that they were two of the only European Member states that has transitioned away from classical democracy towards authoritarianism. The panel members then attempted to develop various tools which would prove useful to NGOs, political parties, commentators and political activists who seek to re-consolidate both democratic functionality as well as EU integrationalism. Relevant article to read here.
Sujit Choudhry is, in addition to being the founder and leader of the Center for Constitutional Transitions is also a well known essayist and political theorist the dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law as well as practicing professor of Law. Choudhry was the first individual of Indian descent to ever be nominated to deanship over a high ranking law school within the United States of America. For update on his recent timeline activities, visit his social media page, hit linkedin.com.
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