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Europe’s New Democracy Deficit: Creeping Autocracy in Hungary and Poland

Event Type
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; European Union Center
wifi event
Feb 18, 2021   4:00 pm  

This talk by Kim Lane Scheppele is part of the REEEC Critical Methods Series in Legal Studies and co-sponsored by the European Union Center. Please register here


A week in advance of the talk, professor Jessica Greenberg will lead a discussion for faculty and students on authoritarianism and rule of law. If you are interested in participating, please email Tabbey Cochran (


Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world.  

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