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European Law

At the heart of the Institute’s current research in EU law stands the European value crisis. A number of institutional projects deal with this topic. In 2012, researchers at the Institute developed the Reverse Solange approach, a new proposal how to deal with systemic infringements of fundamental rights in EU Member States. Another project developed the concept of systemic deficiency in the rule of law. Building on this, our research concentrates on European responses and tools to handle this crisis. Further, it addresses the situation in a number of EU Member States, notably Hungary and Poland.

In our research we understand European Union law as forming part of European law and develop it in the perspective of a Ius Publicum Europaeum in the European legal area. Our research is informed by a constitutional approach, which understands EU primary law as constitutional law, aims at establishing links with the discourse of liberal democratic constitutionalism and analyses the legal material from the perspective of constitutional theory and doctrine.