About the authors

CONFRONTATIONS AND LAW

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavishnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s. Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: The US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005. rukavish@hotmail.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, research professor emeritus at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor emeritus at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, where he founded and directed its Institute for Legal Philosophy. In addition to transition to rule of law (with the juristic nature of the ancien régime, facing the crimes of the Socialist past, as well as civil obedience/disobedience included) having become a standing research topic by the time of his serving, as a member of the Advisory Board of Prime Minister of Hungary (1991–1994). His overall interest has ever ranged from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his fourteen authored and nineteen edited books in English/German—twelve (see on ). His relevant publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series), Transition to Rule of Law (Budapest 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series) and Transition? To Rule of Law? Constitutionalism and Transitional Justice Challenged in Central & Eastern Europe (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz Books” series). Recently his research interest has been focused on the specific philosophy lurking behind the European law and the problematic of human rights.varga@jak.ppke.hu

Peter Jasek is a Slovak historian. He studied history at the University of Trnava, where he obtained PhD. Degree in 2009. At present, he works as a scientific researcher at the Section of the Scientific Research in the Nation’s Memory Institute. In his scientific work he focuses on the contemporary history of Slovakia, especially on the Slovakia during WWII, period of so called normalization (1970s and 1980s) and the fall of communism in Slovakia. He is an author of several scientific studies published mostly in the volume Memory of Nation. He is a co-author of the monographs Smolenice. Scientific Monograpfy of the Municipality (2011), Following the Footsteps of Iron Felix. The State Security in Slovakia 1945-1989 (2012) and Slovak Generals 1939-1945 (2013). He is an editor of the conference proceedings 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (2010), Interpretation of the State Security Documents(2011) and Anti-Communist Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe (2012). He is also co-author of the several exhibitions focused on the Slovak history during communism, like Top Secret! History of the State Security in Slovakia (2011), Anti-Communist Resistance in Slovakia (2012), Candle Manifestation 25th March 1988 (2013) and Fall of the Communism in Slovakia (2013). pjasek13@yahoo.com

Juan de Dios Torralbo Caballero is a Spanish professor, a Lecturer at the Department of English and German Studies at the University of Cordoba where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on English Literature and Literary Translation. He belongs the Research Groups “Writs of Empire” and “GRES (Etudes en Sociocritique)”. His main fields of research focus on Restoration, Augustan Literature and women writers. He recently supervised a PhD on The Graveyard School. He sits on the advisory board of Revista Ideas (Modern Language School, University of El Salvador), Anuario de Estudios Filológicos(University of Extremadura), International Journal on English Studies (IPES, Seville) and Alfar Publishers. He is the author of several papers and books such as ”Come to my arms: Female empowerment, gender inversion and social challenge in Aphra Behn’s The Fair Jilt”, “Laeteritiam invenit, marmoream reliquit”: the literary career of John Dryden” or “Alexander Pope: Literary Translator and Editor, from Binfield to Twickenham”. l22tocaj@uco.es

José Villegas is an Argentinean social scientist. He was born in 1960. He is author of “History in Argentina”; “Juan Crisóstomo Lafinur: Master of Ideas”; “Scenes in the History of San Luis”; “History of the Book and Graphic Arts”; “History of Anger”; “San José Cemetery: Patrimony in Architecture”; “The Legislative Provincial Council of San Luis (1810 – 2010)”. At present is columnist in the weekly paper “La Opinión” (2012). He is the author of a “Regional Encyclopaedia”, the “Catalogue of authors and their publications in San Luis” and has lectured on “Academic Upgrading of Regional studies in San Luis”, amongst other post-graduate courses, seminars and Conferences. In San Luis of Argentina, he has been Minister of Social Works; Director of the Department on Social Inclusion and Head of the Historical and Cultural Patrimony; He was Vice-chairman of the Argentine Writers Association – S.A.D.E. in San Luis chapter, and is Chairman of Centre on Studies on (South and North) American Thought / Centro de Estudios del Pensamiento Americano – C.E.PA.”josevillegasruz@gmail.com

József N. Szabó is a Hungarian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He has been member of the Academy of New York since 2003 and a Visiting Professor of University of Paris Sud since 2002. His mayor field of research is the relation of culture and politics in the post-war Hungary and history of the Hungarian cultural diplomacy. nszaboj@nyf.hu

Zoltán Császár is a Hungarian social scientist. He studied English and Hungarian literature and linguistics earlier at the Bessenyei György Teacher Training College. Before he became a managing director of a language school, he specialized in teaching business English for companies. He started studying for his Master’s Degree as a student of international studies at the College of Nyíregyháza in 2012. It was there, where he became interested in the research of cultural diplomacy. This same specialist field will be the subject of his research when graduating in 2014.csaszarzoltanster@gmail.com