The Alexis de Tocqueville

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Magna Carta:

Our Common Heritage of Freedom. Central & East European Perspectives

​The Alexis de Tocqueville Centre for Political and Legal Thought, in cooperation with the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee, under the auspices of Her Majesty The Queen, has the pleasure of inviting you for the international conference concerning the heritage of freedom of Central & East Europe.
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Hungarian Reforms were topic of 6th Tocquevillian Debate, that held on 5th October 2012.
Guests from Hungary: Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary dr Tibor Navracsics, Prof. Attila Karoly Molnar, Prof. Sandor Gallai. Participants from Poland: Prof. Dariusz Filar, Prof. Robert Gwiazdwoski, Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodęski, Prof. Aleksander Smolar.

5th Tocquevillian

Low quality of polish law doesn't raise doubts among scholars, laweyrs, business people, commentators. The aim of the 5th debate, preceded by prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, was attempt of finding a cure.



Prof. Rau

Prof. Zbigniew Rau

“Unfortunately, it appears that Tocqueville was right. Our society’s attitudes and practices show, that in mass democracy overcoming the so called ‘new despotism’ by practicing civil freedom seems to be possible, but not very probable”.

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