National collaborators

Eszter Bodnar on Hungary

Assistant Professor Eszter Bodnár has been in this role at the Faculty of Law of University Eötvös Loránd (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary since 2013. She is also a faculty member in the Master of Electoral Policy and Administration program of Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa. She was awarded the Premium excellency postdoctoral grant of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for the years 2018-2021. In the last years, she has been teaching and researching in Canada, Germany, France, the United States, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy, Romania, and Australia. She graduated as a lawyer and worked at the Department of Constitutional Law in the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, and in the Hungarian National Election Office. She obtained her PhD in constitutional law at ELTE in 2013 with her thesis on the fundamental right attributes and restrictions of the right to vote that was published in Hungarian (HVG-Orac, 2014). In the year 2017/18, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Victoria, Canada. In November 2017, she was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Melbourne. Her research interest is in comparative constitutional law, international human rights, and European constitutional law. She is an inaugural co-chair of the ICON-S Central and Eastern European chapter.

Imelda Deinla on the Philippines

Dr Imelda Deinla is a Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance and concurrent Project Director of the Australian National University Philippines Project. Her research interests are on comparative studies on rule of law and democracy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations/ Southeast Asia as well as hybrid justice, women and peacebuilding in Mindanao, Philippines.

Theunis Roux on South Africa

Professor Theunis Roux is at the Law Faculty, University of New South Wales. Before relocating to Australia in January 2009, he was (for four years) the founding director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), an independent research institute based on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg.

His main research interest is in comparative constitutional law, focusing on the politics of judicial review in new democracies. He is a former Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law, and was previously co-editor of the leading loose-leaf commentary on South African constitutional law, Stuart Woolman et al Constitutional Law of South Africa. In addition to his academic work, Theunis has acted as a consultant to the South African government in the areas of land restitution, land tenure reform, and regulation impact analysis.

Raul Sanchez Urribari on Venezuela

Dr Raul Sanchez Urribarri is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at the Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University (Melbourne). He holds a PhD in Political Science (University of South Carolina), an LL.M. (Cambridge University) and a Law degree (Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas). His research focuses on democracy, rule of law and comparative judicial studies, with an emphasis on Latin America and Venezuela in particular.

His work has been published in journals such as The Journal of Politics, Law and Social Inquiry and the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, edited volumes and other outlets. In late 2018, he co-edited journal special issues with International Political Science Review (with Bjoern Dressel and Alex Stroh) on informal judicial politics, and Thesis Eleven (with Alonso Casanueva-Baptista) titled ‘Populism(s)’.