Etienne is a political scientist and doctoral researcher in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson College. Advised by Professor Fernanda Pirie (CSLS) and Dr Ezequiel González Ocantos (DPIR), he works on comparative judicial politics, rule of law backsliding, and the European Union's protection of judicial independence in Hungary and Poland. Etienne's other professional interests are the U.S. Supreme Court and South Korean politics, especially the party system. In his research, Etienne uses mixed methods. Much of his research relies on process-tracing using semi-structured elite and expert interviews as sources to complement written materials. He also mines online data from websites and social networks (especially Twitter) for text-as-data applications using computational social science methods. You can follow Etienne on Twitter: @EtienneHanelt.

More information is available on his personal website


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E Hanelt, Public Diplomacy in a Hybrid Regime: The Case of Hungary, paper presented at the Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University, Brno on 10 May 2021 [invited talk]
E Hanelt, Public Diplomacy in Backsliding Regimes? Hungary and Poland, paper presented at ECPR SGEU, 10-12 June (virtual)
E Hanelt, The Rule of Law and Public Diplomacy: A Case Study on Hungary, paper presented at the workshop: 'Courts and Regulation in Action: From Activism to Innovation?', 4-5 March 2021 at the University of Oxford
E Hanelt, Conceptualizing Political Interference with Courts, paper presented at ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, 8-12 April 2019 at UCLouvain Mons. Workshop: 'Judicial Authority Under Pressure: Politicisation and Backlash against Courts in the Age of Populism'
E Hanelt, Dan Quayle (1989–1993) – the Vice President as a burden on the presidency, paper presented at the workshop: 'The Vice President of the United States', 19-20 July 2013 at Friedrich Schiller University Jena

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E Hanelt and J McLoughlin, 'United States of America' in R Sahgal, G Pillai and K Sheridan (eds), Religious exemptions for the solemnisation of same sex unions: Constitutionality of Section 6 of the Civil Union Act, 2006 in South Africa (Oxford Pro Bono Publico 2018)
Legal research for Oxford Pro Bono Publico, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.

Research Interests

  • judicial politics
  • European politics
  • comparative political institutions
  • democratic backsliding
  • US politics (especially Supreme Court)
  • South Korean politics

Research projects