About the authors

TERRITORY AND LAW IN CENTRAL EUROPE

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 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

László Tamás Vizi lawyer, historian, Vice-Rector and General-Secretary of the J. Kodolányi University College, as well as professor at the International Studies Faculty and the History Faculty. He is also the responsible instructor for the International Studies BA department. He earned his PhD degree in 2004 at the Eötvös Loránd University’s Humanities Faculty, title of his dissertation was: ”Hungary during the Napoleonic Wars”. His research field is the Hungarian universal political and legal history of the XIX. and XX. Century. Other, minor fields of research: the French wars and Hungary; the Hungarian signatories of the Trianon peace treaty, the alternative treatments of the trauma caused by the Trianon peace treaty, Hungarian foreign politics in the XX. Century. lvizi@kodolanyi.hu

Csaba Cservák: In 2001, he graduated summa cum laude from the Faculty of Law of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He earned a PhD in 2010. In 2002, he was an elected member of the National Election Committee in Hungary and he held this position until 2005. As recognition of him work, he was elected as a member of the presidency of the Independent Lawyers Forum. In 2002, he started teaching at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. In 2007, he was elected President of the Independent Lawyers Forum. In 2010, he became the Head of the Legal, Constitutional Office of the President of the Rep. until 2012. In 2010, he became Ass. Prof. at the Department of Constitutional Law at the Károli Gáspár Protestant University. From 2011, he has been the Head of Department. From 2013, he has been working as Associate Professor at the National University of Public Service, where he teaches constitutional rights for future police officers. cservak.csaba@kre.hu

Péter Krisztián Zachar is a Hungarian historian and college professor, head of Department for International Relations and History at the Kodolányi János University of Applied Sciences. His major field of research is the history of the 19th and 20th century in Central Europe, the genesis and history of advocacy organisations, especially chambers, the theoretical background of modern social partnership, the catholic social thought. He deals with the current state of economic partnership-organisations, chamber advocacy work in Hungary and Europe.zacharpeter@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

Nándor Csiky is a Hungarian political scientist. He is assistant professor at the Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science at the University College of Nyíregyháza, Hungary. He carried out German Linguistics and Literature Studies in Nyíregyháza, Budapest and Hamburg. In 2003 he enrolled in the Doctoral Programme of the University of Regensburg where he earned his doctorate (Dr. phil.) in German Philology in 2007. Lately, he extended his research area to questions of cultural policy and cultural diplomacy. csikyn@nyf.hu

Ljubov Siselina is Russian professor of political science and historian. She leads the East European researches in the European Institute of Russian Academy of Science, and teaches at several Russian universities, and at J. Kodolányi University College and University College of Nyíregyháza. She is author more than 100 scientific articles and five scientific monographs. Her most important book is Russia and Europe. Geopolitical Textbook. Budapest, Zrinyi Kiadó (with F. Gazdag) in 2004 (several editions).

Csaba Káncz is Investment Senior Associate for leading equity houses. He is also a columnist for the financial journal PrivatBankar. He had been Counsellor and Member of Cabinet at the European Commission between 2010-2012. In 2009 he held the position of Director for Government Relations at the MAPI Development Corporation. Previously, he served for more than a decade as Senior Economic, Political and EU Adviser at the British Embassy in Budapest. He earned his MA in agricultural economics at Utsunomiya University in Japan.
He speaks Hungarian, English, German and Japanese. csaba.kancz2@t-online.hu