Seminar on International Political and Legal Theory

This spring PluriCourts and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights are hosting a seminar series on international political and legal theory for political philosophers, legal scholars and others working in this area.

  • Petra Gyöngyi presents on:

This study examines how the Hungarian and Romanian legal orders have implemented EU rule-of-law requirements for judicial organisation and what we can learn from these experiences for balancing judicial independence and efficiency. Constitutional theory and contextual-comparative legal research are combined to show how classic rule of law and new public management-inspired values for judicial organization and judging were developed incrementally in the evolving European context and reflecting liberal-democratic values. The emerging theoretical framework is critically tested and refined through an analysis of experiences with implementing the resulting European requirements in the two selected post-communist EU member states. The research provides guidelines for academics, legislators and judges for developing ethical codes, case assignment methods and conditions for occupying the judicial office.

Buchanan’s metacoordination view of legitimacy has been discussed in the literature as an alternative to Raz’s service conception. However, Buchanan’s view has changed over the last years and therefore it is interesting to look at his newest contribution. We could discuss if his approach is a useful theoretical framework and in how far it is in fact different form Raz’s.


The seminar series consist of three half-day sessions where 2-3 papers will be presented and discussed. Papers will be circulated one week in advance and should be read by all participants. Silje Aambø Langvatn is the organizer of the seminar this semester. Please contact her if you want to be on the mailing list of this seminar or present your work.

Tags: Legitimacy
Published Jan. 22, 2018 11:22 AM - Last modified Feb. 23, 2018 1:52 PM