About the authors


Edit Lőrinczné Bencze is PhD in Management and business administration science. From 2002 onwards she has been the professor at the Department of Social Studies and Humanities, and since 2012 the director at the Centre for Social Studies and Humanities at the Kodolányi University College. Her main fields of interests are the cohesion policy of EU, and Eastern and Southern enlargement of the EU, emerging new states in the Western Balkan. Her latest book is: Az Európai Uniós bővítések: Horvátország (Croatia) Ed. Apokrif 2001.

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.

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.

János Sallai Hungarian Professor of International relation, retired Border Guard colonel, currently works as professor at Kodolányi János University College and at National Public Service University. Graduated from the Miklós Zrínyi Military Academy in 1992 as boarder guard. He received his dr. university degree, with a thesis titled: “Hungary’s borders on the maps from the Conquest to 1947.” In 2002 he obtained his PhD degree, his thesis this time was written under the title: “Hungary’s state borders and the historic relations of the Hungarian ethnic borders”. The habilitation process took also place at the University of Debrecen, in 2008, with the scientific work of: “The Hungarian state border surveillance and ethnic frontier history”. During his research and educational work the author also served as border officer until the day of his retirement in 2006.

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.

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.

Nikoletta Hossó is a Hungarian Scientific lectures on Politics and Diplomacy during the change of regime in Hungary. Young Researchers on History Conference held by Modern Minerva Foundation, 2012-2013. Lectures published in a volume under the titles: “Political and diplomatic questions of Pope John Paul II’s first visit to Hungary from ceasing the diplomatic ties to the arrival of the Pope.” and „The first papal visit to Hungary: from event organization to high diplomacy.” Curtain” published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2012.