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RECONNECT Workshop: Returning to the Rule of Law?

Friday, October 8, 2021, 1:30 pm – Saturday, October 9, 2021, 4:00 pm

Attendance is open to the public, but registration is required. Please register here, and indicate whether you would like to join in person or online.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required to enter CEU premises, and wearing a mask is obligatory in all common areas. Read more about CEU’s Covid-protocol here.


13.30-13.40 – Findings from the Reconnect ProjectProf. Jan Wouters (KU Leuven)

Co-organized with CEU Democracy Institute's Probing Democracy conference

13.40-14.30 – Book launch event (András Sajó, Ruling by Cheating, CUP 2021)

Co-organized with CEU Democracy Institute's Probing Democracy conference

Prof. Günter Frankenberg (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt); Dr Michał Matlak (managing editor, Review of Democracy); Prof. Andras Sajó (CEU Department of Legal Studies/CEU Democracy Institute); Prof. Julie Smith, Baroness Smith of Newnham (Cambridge University); Prof. Maciej Taborowski (Warsaw University/Deputy Ombudsman of Poland) [online]; Prof. Jan Wouters (KU Leuven)

14.30-15.00 BREAK

15.00-16.15 - Restoring the Rule of Law; moderator: Prof. Laurent Pech (Middlesex and CEU Democracy Institute)

Prof. Wojciech Sadurski (University of Sydney) [online]; Prof. Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University) [online]; Eleanor Sharpston QC [online]

16.15-16.30 BREAK

16.30-18.00 - Enforcing the Rule of Law; moderator: Prof. Renata Uitz (CEU Department of Legal Studies/CEU Democracy Institute)

Prof. Sarah Ganty (Yale Law School/CEU/Ghent University); Dr Barbara Grabowska-Moroz (CEU Democracy Institute); Mathieu Leloup (University of Antwerp and Masaryk University, Brno); Prof. Laurent Pech (Middlesex University London/CEU Democracy Institute); Dean Pál Sonnevend (ELTE Law, Budapest)

19.30–22.00 Speakers’ DINNER


9.00-10.00 Keynote speech by Dean Adam Bodnar (SWPS University, Warsaw) [online]; Prof. Jan Wouters (moderator); Prof. Petra Bárd (chair, online)

10.00-10.30 BREAK

10.30-12.15 - Contextualizing the Rule of Law; moderator: Prof. Violeta Beširević (Union Law School, Belgrade/CEU Democracy Institute)

Dr Elena Basheska (CEU Democracy Institute); Dr Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University London) [online]; Prof. John Morijn (Commissioner of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights/University of Groningen) [online]; Prof. Roman Petrov (Kyïv-Mohyla Academy) [online]; Małgorzata Szuleka (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw)

12.15-13.30 LUNCH with the presentation of the SIEPS Rule of Law report by L. Pech and D. Kochenov

13.30-15.15 - Relegitimizing the Rule of Law; moderator: Dr Julinda Bequiraj (Bingham Centre)

Prof. Paul Blokker (University of Bologna); Prof. András Jakab (University of Salzburg); Prof. Tomasz Koncewicz (University of Gdańsk); Dr Rafał Mańko (University of Amsterdam); Dr Zuzana Vikarska (Masaryk University, Brno)

15.30 - Closed meeting of RECONNECT partners