Illiberalism within: Rule of law backsliding in the eu

Laurent Pech, Kim Lane Scheppele

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How should the European Union cope with Member States that no longer respect the basic values of the Union? This article reviews the responses of the major European Union institutions to Poland and Hungary as their governments removed checks on their power, eliminated the independence of judiciaries and failed to honour their European commitments. As the article demonstrates, the responses of EU institutions have so far been ineffective in bringing these Member States back into line with European values. We examine the various proposals that have been made to do better, concluding that there is promise in some legal strategies that are available now, but have yet to be tried.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-47
Number of pages45
JournalCambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Law


  • Authoritarianism
  • European Union
  • Hungary
  • Key words rule of law
  • Poland


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