Memory Laws Symposium

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut launched its first joint online symposium in collaboration with Verfassungsblog, exploring the topical issue of 'memory laws'. Dr. Uladzislau Belavusau, senior researcher at the Asser Institute and a principal investigator of the Memory Laws in European and Competitive Perspectives (MELA) project, organised and coordinated the contributions by expert academics, language-edited by Asser intern Aylin Gayibli. The two-week symposium provides a theoretical exploration of the discipline as well as real-life examples from various countries of laws governing historical memory, serving as the launching point of debate on legislating history, and the impact of memory laws.

How we remember the past is subject to legal regulation in many parts of Europe. We prohibit genocide denial and the glorification of totalitarianism, make historical claims in the preambles of constitutions, prescribe how to teach history in school curricula, and more. How is this done, and which problems with fundamental rights and minority protection arise? A joint symposium of the T.M.C. Asser Institute (The Hague) and Verfassungsblog explores these questions and their constitutional answers.

Blog Post (1): Rule of Law in Poland: Memory Politics and Belarusian Minority - By Dr. Uladzislau Belavusau
Blog Post (2): Law and Memory - By Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias
Blog Post (3): Memory Laws and Security - By Anna Wójcik
Blog Post (4): The Right to the Truth for the Families of Victims of the Katyń Massacre - By Dr. Grażyna Baranowska
Blog Post (5): Law and Historical Memory: Theorising the Discipline - By Eric Heinze
Blog Post (6): Memory Laws: Historical Evidence in Support of the “Slippery Slope” Argument - By Nikolay Koposov
Blog Post (7): Decommunization in Times of War: Ukraine’s Militant Democracy Problem - By Dr. Maria Mälksoo
Blog Post (8)Memory Politics in Hungary: Political Justice without Rule of Law - By Prof. Gábor Halmai
Blog Post (9): Memory Wars of Commercial Worth – The Legal Status of the Red Star in Hungary - By Marina Bán
Blog Post (10): The Kundera Case and the Neurotic Collective Memory of Postcommunism - By Prof. Jiří Přibáň
Blog Post (11): Remembering as Pacting between Past, Present and Future - By Prof. Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz
Blog Post (12): Memory Politics and Academic Freedom: Some Recent Controversies in Greece - By Ioanna Tourkochoriti
Blog post (13): Final Thoughts on Mnemonic Constitutionalism - By Dr. Uladzislau Belavusau