Thursday, 12 May 2011

János Kis: The Hungarian Constitutional Crisis

Presentation and Discussion

On Easter Monday, April 25, the Hungarian President signed into law Hungary’s new constitution, scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2012. The constitution is widely understood to be more than an instrument to overcome technical deficiencies of the old constitution. It is celebrated by some as the constitutional consolidation of a conservative revolution. Others insist it is in deep tension procedurally, substantively and symbolically with basic commitments to liberal democracy, that are the foundation of the European Union. What exactly is troubling about the new constitution and should it be a concern for European citizens and their governments?

Hilde Ottschofski
ottschofski [at]
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Raum 3031
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Start 2:00 pm
WZB - Rule of Law Center and Humboldt University Berlin
János Kis

János Kis

The political philosopher János Kis, born 1943, teaches as Distinguished Global Professor of Philosophy at the New York University and political science and philosophy at the Central European University, Budapest. During the communist regime in Hungary, he was one of the most notable dissidents, as chief editor of the underground magazine „Beszélő“. In 1988 he was one of the founders of the liberal party Szabad Demokraták Szövetsége (SzDSz) and party leader in 1990/91. Kis left the party in 2002, when the socialist prime minister was exposed as a former secret agent. He has translated Rousseau, Kant and Fichte into Hungarian.