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JUDICON extended to JUDICON-EU project

The JUDICON project has been extended to a research community consisting of 24 researchers from 20 countries of the European Union. The JUDICON-EU research network will work on coding and analysing the decisions of European constitutional courts between 1990 and 2020. The project will be financed by the National University of Public Service between 2020 and 2022, and it is based on the JUDICON pilot project supported by the Incubator Grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

New publication at Eleven Publishing

A chapter in the volume The Role of Courts in Contemporary Legal Orders edited by Martin Belov has just been published by Eleven Publishing. “Dissenting Coalitions at the Hungarian Constitutional Court 1990-2018” authored by Kálmán Pócza, Gábor Dobos and Attila Gyulai discusses three phases in the history of the Court through an analysis of dissenting opinions in politically relevant cases and reveals the changing level of polarization among judges.

Attitudinal model applied to HCC

A classical model of judicial behaviour has been tested by the researchers of the JUDICON-EU project. Kálmán Pócza presented a paper entitled Attitudinal model applied to the judges of the Hungarian Constitutional Court. A refined analysis of judicial behavior from 1990 to 2018 at a conference in Ljubljana.

JUDICON at ECPR, Wroclaw

JUDICON project members presented a paper at the ECPR General Conference in Wroclaw. The paper entitled Institutional Reforms and Judicial-Legislative Relations in Hungary revealed how institutional changes in the competences and composition of the Hungarian Constitutional Court affected the practice of constitutional adjudication after 2010. It was argued that the strength of decisions and judicial coalitions within the court did not change radically despite a right-wing supermajority in parliament and a right-wing majority at the court until court-packing resulted in a majority of new judges elected after 2010. With the already sitting judges marginalized, instead of an institutional logic the attitudinal model can explain judicial decisions.