THE PRESIDENT AND RECTOR CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE
CONSTITUTIONALISM IN CLOSING SOCIETIES
ABSTRACT / The populist closing of the open society is not limited to weak democracies which recently emerged from some form of authoritarianism and have limited democratic and liberal tradition. It may well be that illiberal victories are so far limited to countries with special traditions and structures but the social, cultural and even legal phenomena are present in “mature” democracies which are quickly learning from pariah countries. The vehement political condemnation and contempt is only a Freudian denial of the feared and hidden self. The closing of the open society is also the result of the original shortcomings of the constitutional system with its unfinished design, and therefore not a specific problem of unstable new democracies with traditional social values.
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BIO / András Sajó was previously a judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg. He is a University Professor at CEU and Global Visiting Professor of Law at New York University Law School. Professor Sajó was the founding dean of Legal Studies at CEU. In addition to his stature as a prominent constitutionalist, he is also a distinguished scholar in the human rights field, including media regulation. Professor Sajó has been extensively involved in legal drafting throughout Eastern Europe. In addition, he participated and/or advised in drafting the Ukrainian, Georgian, and South African constitutions.