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VRÜ/World Comparative Law Publishes Special Issue With PAL Studies

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Studies cover Brazil, India, South Africa, Hungary, and the U.S.


March 2022

The German journal Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ)/World Comparative Law has published a special issue with studies stemming from the PAL Project.


The issue reflects the results of PAL’s first phase, which focused on the production of in-depth studies of autocratic legalism in Brazil, India, and South Africa (BISA), linked to initial efforts to locate those stories in a broader comparative perspective. Hence, the issue also includes studies of Hungary (a case that Scheppele treats as “archetypal” of autocratic legalism) and the United States (a country long deemed “exceptional”, the beacon of the “rule of law” and almost immune to autocracy).


In addition to country studies, the issue features an introduction (editorial) and an article by Kim Lane Scheppele, which draw insights for future research on law and democratic backsliding.


The PAL Project has worked as a Law & Society Association International Research Collaborative (IRC) and was a pilot Topical Laboratory in the Association’s Global Collaboration Project (GCP).


PAL also inspired a Podcast (PALcast) where experts in law and democratic backsliding have been interviewed and some of the project’s research has been showcased.


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