The Eternity Clause – Lessons from the Czech Example (recent developments)

My paper presents lessons from the Czech example of the so-called “Eternity Clause,” i.e. a legal standard declaring certain principles, values or specific constitutional provisions to be unalterable and irrevocable.
That the Eternity clause is a practical instrument has already been proved by the Czech Constitutional Court in its famous “Melčák” decision. However, recent developments show that the Czech Constitutional Court is no longer open to such a “radical” approach. Nonetheless, it still seems that the court is prepared to defend the values of liberal democracy, just not in such a spectacular way. It is therefore more up to the political actors or the people themselves to use Eternity Clause arguments to protect liberal democracy and its values in the region of Central Europe.