In Unchartered Waters? The Place and Position of EU law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the jurisprudence of the Hungarian Constitutional Court

Sulyok, Márton [Sulyok, Márton (alkotmányjog), author] Department of Constitutional Law (USZ / FLPS); Kiss, Lilla Nóra [Kiss, Lilla Nóra (Európai Unió joga), author] Institute of European and International Law (ME / FL)

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    • MTMT: 31183398
    • Legal systems, constitutions, foundations of law
    • Law
    • Legal studies, constitutions, comparative law
    • Science
    This paper examines the perception and position of EU law in the jurisprudence of the Hungarian Constitutional Court within the constitutional arrangements brought to life after 2012. In this context, the inquiry addresses the changes regarding the status of EU law in constitutional case-law amounting to what is identified here as the method of ‘resourceful engagement’. Under this approach, the paper also examines the extent and frequency of the use of human rights reasoning based on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in the proceedings of the Constitutional Court (2015-2019), focusing mostly on constitutional complaints procedures. The paper briefly mentions the controversial nature of the ‘Implementation Dilemma’ regarding the Charter and its application in Member States’ constitutional court proceedings. As a corollary, in light of domestic procedures examined in the Repcevirág Szövetkezet v. Hungary judgment (April 2019) of the ECtHR, it examines whether the Constitutional Court could eventually start acting as a court of referral under Article 267 TFEU in such proceedings where the protection of fundamental rights under the Charter would require the interpretation of EU law. This would mark a shift from the earlier ‘context of non-reference’ to an approach of ‘resourceful engagement’ suggested by this paper.
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