About the authors

Minority’s status laws in the European Union and in Hungary

Osamu Ieda is Japanese professor of political science at the Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University. He was given his PhD degree in economics at the University of Tokyo. His recent works are the followings: “Post-communist Nation building and the Status Law Syndrome in Hungary” in (Kántor et al eds), The Hungarian Status Law: Nation building and/or Minority Protection, SRC, Hokkaido University, Slavic Eurasian Studies Series, No.4, 2004, pp.3-57; “Re-transformation of the Cooperative Farm and Rural Society in Hungary: ­Dual Leadership of Integration in Agricultural Production”, in Transformation and Diversification of Rural Societies in Eastern Europe and Russia, SRC, Hokkaido University, pp.193-245, 2002; “Restoration of St. Istvan’s Crown: Where is the Orban Government of Hungary Headed?”, in (Jan Sykora ed.), A New Dialogue Between Central Europe and Japan: A Tension Between Continuity and Change, Charles University, Prague, pp. 96-109. 2001; “Local Government in Hungary” in. The Emerging Local Governments in Eastern Europe and Russia: Historical and Post-Communist Developments, Hiroshima, pp. 85-129, 2000.ieda@slav.hokudai.ac.jp

György Schöpflin is political scientist, and elected Member of the European Parliament (PP from Hungary). He was Jean Monnet Professor of Politics at University College London-School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is the author of several books: ‘The Dilemmas of Identity’ (2005),  ”Nations, Identity, Power: the New Politics of Europe” (London: Hurst, 2000) and ”Politics in Eastern Europe 1944-1992” (Oxford:  Blackwell, 1993), as well as editor or co-editor of ”Myths and Nationhood” (London: Hurst, 1997), (with Stefano Bianchini)”State Building in the Balkans” (Ravenna: Longo, 1998) and ”The Westward Enlargement of Central Europe” (London: SSEES, 2000). He is currently completing a manuscript on the state and globalisation. He is member of the International Advisory Committee of Central European Political Science Review. gschopflin@clara.co.uk

Zoltán Kántor studied Sociology in Timisoara, and Political Sciences in Budapest at the Central European University and Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest (ELTE). He specialized on Nationalism and National Minorities (Nationalism Studies Program – CEU, ELTE-UNNESCO Minority Studies Program – ELTE, and Department of Sociology – University of Edinburgh). He works at present at the Teleki László Institute, Center for Central European Studies, and teaches the courses Theories of Nationalism and Theorizing National Minorities at the ELTE and Pázmány Péter University. He is an editor of the review REGIO. He edited several books on the Hungarian status law, a reader on Theories of Nationalism, and on the Hungarian-Romanian relations. z.kantor@tla.hu

Zsuzsa Csergő is Assistant Professor of political science and coordinator of the Women’s Leadership Program in U.S. and International Politics at the George Washington University in USA.  She is also the 2005-6 Sherman Scholar at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. csergo@gwu.edu

James M. Goldgeier is the 2005-06 Henry Alfred Kissinger Scholar in foreign policy and international relations at the Library of Congress In USA. He is also a professor of political science at George Washington University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. jimg@gwu.edu

Ivan Halász (1971) is a Hungarian researcher. He studied history and law at the Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) in Budapest and Slovak language and literature at the Péter Pázmány Catholic University (PPKE) in Piliscsaba. He has specialized in comparative constitutional law in Central and East Europe after 1989, in minority protection and in international administration in crisis area. At present he works at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and he teaches at the Budapest Corvinus University (Faculty of Public Administration) and Pázmány Péter Catholic University. He is author of two monographies and co-editor of three books on minority protection. halasz@jog.mta.hu

Balázs Majtényi is a Hungarian resercher. He studied history and law at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE). He has specialized in international human rights protection and his principal research area is international minority protection. At present he works at Corvinus University, Faculty of Public Administration, Department of International Law and at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is editor of several books and author of several papers on minority protection. balazs.majtenyi@uni-corvinus.hu

Balázs Vizi studied Law at the Lateran University in Rome and at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He graduated in Law at the Eötvös Loránd University in 1999. From 2000, he has been a PhD student at the Institute for European Policy of the Department of Political Science at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) with the support of the K.U. Leuven Research Fund. From 2002 he works at the Minority Studies Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and from 2004 is a lecturer at the Department of International Law of the Faculty of Public Administration of the Corvinus University. vizi@mtaki.hu

Andras L. Pap is a legal scholar working in the field of comparative constitutional law. He received JD and Ph.D. degrees from ELTE, University of Budapest Law School. He was graduate student at Central European University (CEU) and visiting scholar at New York University Law School’s Global Law Program. Currently, he is Associate Professor at Kodolányi College in Székesfehérvár and lecturer at CEU Nationalism Studies Program, ELTE Law School and Népszabadság School of Journalism. He serves as staff editor of the Hungarian Internal Ministry’s Law Review, Belügyi Szemle (Internal Affairs Review) and as researcher at the Minorities Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences he is a correspondent for EUMC National Focal Point Hungary. ap_andras@uranos.kodolanyi.hu