Attila Mraz

Attila Mraz

Attila Mraz holds a PhD in political philosophy from Central European University (Budapest). His research revolves around three overarching themes in democratic theory and the theory of rights: (1) How could political equality, fundamental participatory rights and individual liberties be reconciled with competent political decision-making? What legal and moral obligations should politicians, the press and citizens have in a democracy to ensure that voters and those who hold public power make competent decisions? (2) What are the justification, content and limits of the fundamental right to political participation? (3) What is the relation between private legal entitlements and political freedoms? How far can the former be used in the service of exercising the latter? If they conflict, which one should prevail? In his doctoral thesis, connecting the first and second themes above, he focused on the justifications of competence-based restrictions on the right to vote, and argued for the unique potential of liberal democracies to reconcile political equality and the fundamental right to vote with high quality political decision-making. He was a Balzan Fellow at New York University, pursued research at the University of Arizona and as an Eötvös Fellow at the University of Warwick, and he was a visiting lecturer at CEU's Department of Political Science. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University's Buchmann Faculty of Law, where he focused within the third theme above on the proper limits of the engagement of for-profit corporations in democratic political life. Mraz is an Exchange Fellow-in-Residence from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. 

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