Max Steuer is a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He holds an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University in Budapest and undergraduate degrees in Law and Political Science from Comenius University. Prior to coming to Oxford, he was visiting researcher at the European University Viadrina (Germany) and Örebro University (Sweden). Being a member of several academic associations (Standing Group on Law and Courts of the European Consortium for Political Research, I-CON Society, International Political Science Association), Max participated at more than twenty international conferences, and authored or co-authored several journal articles and policy reports. His broad research interests include political rights, in particular freedom of speech, political institutions in Central Europe with emphasis on constitutional courts, and democracy, legitimacy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in the European Union. An overview of Max’s academic publication record is accessible through Academia or ResearchGate.
Max’s doctoral research project aims to develop a multi-dimensional conceptualization of the influence of constitutional courts on democracy and apply it empirically on the constitutional courts in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, each of which appears to have taken a different trajectory since the fall of state socialism in the region. Departing from major conceptions of democracy and available empirical knowledge on the democratic performance of constitutional courts, the project explores the significance of the understanding of democracy by the constitutional courts, their temporary judicial majorities as well as dissenting judges.