My analysis on the “lex CEU”

My analysis about the newly adopted “lex CEU” in Hungary is available under the title “Attack on the CEU in Hungary – Attack only on academic freedom?” in the International Law Reflections series of the IIR Prague.

You can access the document here.

The writing addresses some of the questions that may be raised related to this shameful piece of legislation, sheds light to the political background, analyses possible legal consequences – and most importantly, points out its biggest mistake, for which the Constitutional Court shall strike it down immediately, without any further questions or deeper analysis.

“Daggers are out for civil society in Hungary”

Today I was quoted in The Budapest Beacon, talking about the proposed Hungarian legislation on NGOs:

According to international lawyer Tamás Lattmann, while it is difficult to understand what Németh means by sweeping the NGOs out of the country, even in Hungary it would be almost impossible to take the regulation of NGOs out of the hands of courts and put it in the hands of the government.

“However, the government can require the directors of NGOs to furnish asset disclosures, but nothing interesting will happen there as we saw in the case of the Pasa Park condos,” Lattmann told Magyar Nemzet.

The Pasa Park reference is in regards to a scandal in which Fidesz MP Antal Rogán, currently the government’s propaganda minister, was found to have underreported the size of his luxury apartment in a parliamentary asset disclosure. Nothing ever came of the incident.

Expert opinion to the Venice Commission: Notes on the new constitution / Fundamental Law of Hungary

After the Hungarian Parliament has adopted the text of the new constitution (the so-called Fundamental Law), as a reaction to the wide criticism, the Venice Commission (the main consultative and advisory professional body of the Council of Europe on consitutional matters) has decided to visit Hungary and have consultations with as many actors as possible on the subject. The government was responsible for organising the visit and – as I have expected – they have stacked the schedule of the delegation, so at the end, a very narrow timeframe was allocated for non-governmental opinions. I was one of the independent experts listened to by the Commission, and because of the abovementioned reason, I have prepared a written note on the subject, to make sure that the important points do get to the attention of the Commission even if we will not have the time to talk about those.

It is available under my profile, You can download it directly as well.