Contemporary Issues of Freedom of Assembly in Hungary

In January 1989, well before the transition, the Hungarian Parliament adopted the Act on free assembly. This right became the symbol of transition; it provides the civil society have their voice. The presentation considers the role of freedom of assembly in the society in present days. It first gives an overview on the evaluation of the right; including the challenges of 2006 and the new law in 2018. Secondly, it evaluates the recent issues of the constitutional jurisprudence and analyse the difference between the old and the new laws. Lastly the presentation considers two questions: on the one hand if the legal background is sufficient for the civic sector to get involved in political processes, and on the other hand if freedom of assembly is used to channel the voice of non-public actors.