FRAME Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies



Institute of Political and International Studies Eötvös Loránd University

The European Studies Department at ELTE University has expertise in human rights and comparative constitutional law at large, constitutional law in Eastern Europe, minority protection at national, European and international level, including questions of citizenship, secessionism, extremism, coping with a totalitarian past and questions of militant democracy, multi-level governance and participatory democracy, from a legal, political science and international relations viewpoint, with department members from these three disciplines.


Zsolt Körtvélyesi

Zsolt Körtvélyesi is assistant lecturer at the Department for European Studies of the ELTE Social Science Faculty, and doctoral student at the Comparative Constitutional Law Program of the Central European University. He holds a law degree (University of Szeged, 2006) with specialization in French Law (University of Paris-X Nanterre, 2005) and European Studies (University of Szeged, 2005), and a Nationalism Studies MA (Central European University, 2009). He has research experience in questions of nationalism and constitutional legal studies, especially regarding issues of citizenship and minority protection. He was involved in a comparative research project at the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship, and contributed to the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund project on Public Interest and Public Administration. In 2013–14 he pursues an LL.M. at Harvard Law School on Fulbright Scholarship.


Beáta Huszka

Beáta Huszka is Assistant Professor, teaching security studies and related subjects at ELTE Faculty of Social Studies . She completed her Ph.D. in international relations at the Central European University about the discursive framing of nationalist movements in the Western Balkans. Between 2008 and 2010 she was the media researcher of CEU in Eurosphere, a collaborative research project between 17 European universities and research centres, funded by the EU FP6 . She is a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs where she is dealing with issues of the Western Balkans. She is the author of the book ‘Secessionist Movements and Ethnic Conflict -The Development and Impact of Nationalist Rhetoric’ to be published by Routledge this year.


Gergely Romsics

Gergely Romsics is assistant professor at Eotvos Lorand Unviersity, Budapest with the Department of European Studies where he teaches courses on international history and international political theory. He is also a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. His main research interests are interwar political theory, political memory and contemporary theorizing of liberal orders. He has published extensively on Central European concepts of empire, nation and nationhood, as well as on early theories of international relations. He is currently involved in research projects on a comparative approach to imperial decline and a conceptual history of Europe’s regions. He is currently on leave from his positions and is a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in New York.


Tamas Dezso Ziegler

Tamas Dezso Ziegler is research fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies CSS Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a senior lecturer of the Faculty of Social Sciences, ELTE University. He is specialized in EU/comparative commercial law, justice and home affairs and EU private international law. He has been a scholar/has been doing researches at Free University Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg), Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Lausanne), Fordham University School of Law (NY), Columbia University (NY) and the University of Aberdeen. In practice he has been working for OSCE ODIHR and Baker & McKenzie, among other major law firms.

Zsuzsa Kun

Zsuzsa Kun is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at ELTE teaching project planning, management, and monitoring. She is technical assistant at Fundamentum, a leading human rights quarterly in Hungary, issued by Human Rights Information and Documentation Centre. The journal was founded 15 years ago, covering issues of human rights, constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law.

Gábor Halmai

Gábor Halmai is Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Head of the Institute for Political and International Studies, and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights. Recent publications include: Opinion on the Fundamental Law of Hungary (Forthcoming, 2012).

Balázs Majtényi

Balázs Majtényi is associate professor at ELTE Faculty of Social Studies, head of Department for European Studies and senior research fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences. He has published widely on the comparative and international aspects of minority protection, citizenship policy, cross-border cooperation and the concept of the nation state. Recently his primary research interest has been the constitutional identity of Hungary. He authored monographs, published over one hundred articles and book chapters, and edited books on these topics. He has considerable experience in international and Hungarian research projects both as member and as head of projects (Hungarian Scientific Research Fund, Framework Program 7, Visegrad Fund, European Science Foundation, Jedlik Ányos Research Grant).

Orsolya Salát

Orsolya Salát is Lecturer of Constitutional Law, International Human Rights Law and EU Law. She holds an LL.M. from the Universität Heidelberg (2004-2005) and an LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University(2006). She is author of: ‘Individual Autonomy as a Constitutional Value: Fundamental Assumptions Revisited’, in: Constitutional Topograhy (2010); ‘New Trends in the Assembly and Protest Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights’, in Free to Protest: Constituent Power and Street Demonstrations (2009).

Anna Unger

Anna Unger is a political scientist, assistant lecturer at the Institute for Political and International Studies at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). She has an MA in political science from the Faculty of Law, ELTE, and writes her PhD dissertation about the prospects and challenges of the democratization of the EU by direct democracy. In 2008-2009, she worked as senior analyst at the Progressive Institute (Political Analyst and Advisory Institute, Budapest), since then she publishes articles regularly in a Hungarian liberal weekly (Magyar Narancs). She received the US Department of State SUSI scholarship (Study of the U.S. Institute on American Politics and Political Thought, organized by the University of Massachusetts in June-July 2010). Her primary research interests are voting rights, elections, democratizations and American politics. She wrote her latest publications on the constitutionality of the voting rights regulations and electoral reform in Hungary, and the political and constitutional background and current constitutional challenges of the US Voting Rights Act. She holds courses on comparative politics, voting rights, party and campaign finance systems and American politics on International Studies (BA), European Studies (MA) and Political Science (MA) courses.

Dunay_PalPál Dunay

Pál Dunay is Professor of NATO and European Security Issues. He received an LL.M in Law and Political Science from the Loránd Eötvös University Budapest in 1982, a so-called Dr. Universitatis degree in Public International Law in 1991 from the same university and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Budapest University of Economics in 2001 each with “summa cum laude”. He has submitted his habilitation at the Lorand Eötvös University in June 2015.

Between 1982 and 1996 he was post-graduate student, assistant and associate professor at the International Law Department of Lorand Eötvös University. In 1989-90 he was legal advisor of the Hungarian Delegation to the Conventional Forces in Europe talks whereas in 1992 he held the same function at the Open Skies negotiations. In 1991 for half a year he was Head of the Security Policy and Disarmament Department of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1994 and 1996 he was Deputy Director of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. Between 1996 and 2004 as well as between 2007 and 2014 he was course director of the nine months long International Training Course in Security Policy at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Between July 2004 and the beginning of 2007 he was Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. In 2007 he reopened and directed the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs until his return to Geneva. Since May 2014 he was Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Pál Dunay‘s research interest extends to various issues of European security with an emphasis on East-central Europe and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the OSCE, the legality of the use of force and integration and disintegration in the post-Soviet space.