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Special Event

February 26, 2013, 4:30 PM, Robertson Hall, Bowl 16

Justice András SajóJustice András Sajó of the European Court of Human Rights, will give the John Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication on Tuesday, February 26.  

The lecture, "Drought in the European Human Rights Garden: Consensus and Populist Sovereignty," will examine the European Human Rights protection system, both the European Human Rights Convention (which covers 47 states from the UK to Russia) and the European Union. The increased reliance in international courts on the exceptionalism of national values and state sovereignty have made the internationalization of judicialized human rights protection system more difficult and have interfered with the creation of a common human-rights-based identity for Europe.    Can this impasse be avoided with strategic resources and alliances or are we to admit that international judicial protection reached its limits in the absence of a genuine worldwide interest in human rights protection? 

András Sajó is a judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, having taken this position on February 1, 2008. He is a University Professor at Central European University (CEU) Budapest and was the founding dean of Legal Studies at CEU as well as Global Visiting Professor of Law at New York University Law School.   He is well known for his academic writings on comparative constitutional law and human rights as well as for his contributions to the practical realization of constitutionalism and human rights.

His books in English include Constitutional Sentiments (Yale University Press, 2011), Limiting Government:  An Introduction to Constitutionalism (CEU Press, 1999) and the most comprehensive casebook in English on comparative constitutional law (edited with Norman Dorsen, Michel Rosenfeld and Susanne Baer), Comparative Constitutionalism:  Cases and Materials 2d Edition (2010).    He is the editor of many important collections of essays to which he has also contributed, including most recently the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (2012) and, (provocatively) Abuse: the Dark Side of Fundamental Rights (2006) and (of particular interest here at Princeton) Global Justice and the Bulwarks of Constitutionalism (edited with Chris Eisgruber and resulting from a conference here at LAPA) (2005).  He is also known in Hungary as a sociologist of law and a novelist.  

Justice 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.   He served as Counsel to the President of the Republic of Hungary (1991-1992) and chaired the Media Codification Committee of the Hungarian Government (1994). He also was the principal draftsman of the Environment Code for the Hungarian Parliament (1991-1992), as well as the founder and speaker of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the National Deregulation Board of Hungary.