Building on the prior PAL country studies, the Topical Laboratory will break new ground in research on autocratic legalism by looking comparatively at the three countries. There is very little thematic, comparative work on autocratic legalism and PAL is pioneering in developing methods for such studies.

We will organize three country teams to chart and compare autocratic moves and resistances in each of the countries, looking at five areas:

  • Gender/sexuality;
  • Religion, custom and culture;
  • Corruption;
  • Constitutional law and courts; and
  • Power centralization/decentralization.

The teams will start research in early 2022.