THE POSTCOMMUNIST HERITAGE
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 <http://drcsabavarga.wordpress.com>). 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.
Arvydas Guogis defended his doctoral dissertation in political science at Vilnius University in 1993, and in 2006 he accomplished the habilitation procedure in the area of management and administration at Mykolas Romeris University. Prof. dr. Guogis has worked in a number of public, private and nongovernmental organizations both in Lithuania and abroad as a political scientist, sociologist, public relations specialist and journalist. Since 2001 he was working as an associate professor, since 2012 he started working as a professor at the Department of Public Administration of Mykolas Romeris University, and since 2013 he took the office of a professor at the Institute of Public Administration of Mykolas Romeris University.; The areas of academic interest are: social security, social policy and globalization, the new public governance. Prof. dr. Guogis has published more than 100 of academic articles, is the author and co-author of 7 monographs and is actively publishing his articles in popular periodical magazines and portals. His scientific articles have been published in such international reviewed journals as Journal of Baltic Studies and International Review on Public and Non-profit Marketing. The geography of the articles and books that prof. dr. Guogis has published reaches as far as the USA, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Spain, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania, Latvia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. He has written a number of chapters for books, which were published by the following publishing houses: Nova Science Publishers, Mykolas Romeris University and Eugrimas.
Adomas Vincas Rakšnys is a master of Public Administration of the Faculty of Politics and Management at Mykolas Romeris University. The author of three academic articles which have been included into the foreign data bases of reviewed journals. The articles have been published in the journal Viešoji politika ir administravimas, which is included into EBSCO Publishing, Inc. and International Index Copernicus international data bases, as well as “Viešasis administravimas”, which is included into LOGIN, EBSCO and GESIS Service Agency Eastern Europe data bases and Tiltai journal, which is included into IndexCopernicus Master List Magazine data base. The areas of academic interests are the problems of modernization of public administration, the opportunities of the synthesis of philosophical discourse with public governance and postmodernity.
Tihomir Cipek is a Croatian political scientist. He is professor and head of Department of the Croatian Politics in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2006, he won the Croatian National Award for Science. On two occasions, he served as president of the Croatian Political Science Association. He was a visiting professor and researcher at the University of Göttingen, Marburg an der Lahn, Vienna, Bonn, Bratislava, London, and at the Institute for the Science of Man in Vienna. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of „The International Encyclopedia of Political Science” published by APSA. The subject of his research interests are political ideologies, comparative politics and European studies. He has written two books and is the editor and co-editor of seven books. t
Tamás Fricz is a Hungarian political scientist, researcher and journalist. He works in Research Institute of System Change and Archieve (RETÖRKI) as senor researcher. He was senor researcher of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Scientist until 2011. Since 2000 to 2011 he was scientific director of 21 Century Institute of the House of Terrorism, from 1995 to 2010 was editor of Hungarian Political Science Review (Politikatudományi Szemle). He has got political science PhD in 1993 at the University of ELTE Budapest. In the 90-s he was fellows in Humbold University. He wrote 8 books, and many chapters about the Hungarian parties, cleavages, corruptions, and integration of Central Europe. His most important book is: Következmények nélküli
ország (Hungary – A Country without any Consequences)
Carlos Flores Juberías is a Spanish professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia. He got his JD in 1993. He was Fulbright scholar (1993-94) and visiting lecturer (1994-95) at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently Professor and Editor-in-chief of the Cuadernos Constitucionales, secretary of Valencian Association of Public management (AVGP). He coordinated the first five Spanish Conferences of East European Studies. His publications have been focused mainly on the comparative study of elections and electoral systems, the formation of party systems, constitution making process, and the EU integration of Central and Eastern European countries. His latest books are: Estudios sobre Europa Oriental (2002); Russia y visperas de su future (2004); De la Europa del Este al este de Europa (2006).
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”.
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.
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.
Borbála Kossuth is a Hungarian sociologist, and jurisprudent. She finished her study at the University of Miskolc. Currently she is working as layer in the Equal Treatment Authorities of Hungarian Government. She is assistant of editor of Central European Political Science Review. She published several chapters about “pro bono”, human rights and democracy. In 2014 she has got a RETÖRKI Fellowship (Hungarian Research Institute of History of Transition) for 10 Months to investigate the history of Hungarian system-change.