UCLan Cyprus invites you to a lecture about Democracy and Memory Laws: A Mnemonic Threat to the Rule of Law in Central and Eastern Europe, on Friday, 13 March 2020 at the University.
Speaker: Ulad Belavusau (T.M.C. Asser Institute – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Memory laws constitute an emerging study area in comparative constitutional and criminal law that focuses on various modes in legal governance of history, from criminal provisions counteracting genocide denialism to the legal acts on (re-)naming streets after historical figures. Despite their multiple forms – punitive and declarative, constitutional and administrative – such memory laws rose tremendously in Europe throughout the 2010s under the pretext of counteracting historical disinformation. Their mushrooming in Central and Eastern Europe has been intertwined with a noticeable rule of law decline in the region. Drawing on the recent Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian developments, this guest lecture will explain why ‘illiberal democracies’ are particularly eager to revert to populist identity-formation under the guise of memory laws.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org before the 4th March 2020.
Please note that the above lecture is granted 1 CPD point by the Cyprus Bar Association.