About the authors

Historical heritages in Central Europe

Sławomir Łodziński is a Polish sociologist, assistant professor and lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. His research interests include ethnic studies, especially the protection of national and ethnic minorities and migration policy in Poland. He is an author of many publication on these issues. The last one: Równość i różnica. Mniejszości narodowe w porządku demokratycznym w Polsce po 1989 roku [Equality and difference. National minorities in democratic order in Poland after 1989], Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar. Warszawa 2005.  s.lodzinski@uw.edu.pl

Stefano Lusa is a Slovenian historian and political scientist. Graduated to the University of Triest (Italy), had obtained Phd at the University of Turin (Italy). He had followed his researches thanks to the Foundation “Franca and Diego De Castro”. He had written articles about the relations between Italy and Slovenia and about the democratization of Slovenia and Yugoslavia. He published “Italia-Slovenia/1990-1994” and “La dissoluzione del potere. Il partito comunista sloveno e la democratizzazione della repubblica”. stefano68@yahoo.com

István Schlett is a Hungarian professor of political science and political history. He is working at the Political Science Institute of Department of Law at the University of ELTE Budapest. He is an author of many publication on these issues: History of the Hungarian Political Thought. Vol. I-II. (A magyar politikai gondolkodás története I-II. kötet. Korona Könyvkiadó, Bp. 1996. 1999.); The History of the Political Thought in Hungary (A politikai gondolkodás története Magyarországon. Második, átdolgozott kiadás, Rejtjel Kiadó, Bp. 2004.) nagykoru@hotmail.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, scientific adviser at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, founding director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy. In addition to transition to rule of law which became one of his standing research topics when he served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary after the first free election (between 1991–1994), his interest ranges from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. His twelve authored and nineteen edited books in English or German, his publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series) and Transition to Rule of Law (Bp 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series), as well as Transition? to Rule of Law? (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz könyvek” series). varga@jak.ppke.hu

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

Judit Zeller is a senior lecturer at Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law at the University of Pécs. She graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2002 and from the Faculty of Humanities (branch of studies: psychology) in 2007. Her research interest involves the legal aspects of bioethics and biomedicine, theory and practice of fundamental rights, comparative constitutional law and the interface between law and psychology. She is the author and co-author of about 20 book chapters and articles. Her publications include chapters from the books Hungarian Constitutional Law III. Fundamental Rights (Budapest 2006, Dialóg Campus) and System of European Forms of Government (Budapest 2007, HVG ORAC). zellerj@ajk.pte.hu

Nóra Chronowski is an associate professor at the Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pécs. Since 2007 she is the head of the Department of Constitutional Law. Her research interests involve the theory and practice of fundamental rights, state organisation, constitutional consequences of the EU membership and comparative constitutional law. She is the leader of the PhD subprogram ‘Human rights in the 21st century’. She is author, co-author or editor of numerous articles, studies and books, including Constitutional law under integration in the European Union (Budapest 2005, Dialóg Campus), and System of European Forms of Government (Budapest 2007, HVG ORAC). chron@ajk.pte.hu

Tímea Drinóczi is a senior lecturer at Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pécs. Her research interests involve the theory and practice of fundamental rights, economic constitution, legislation and comparative constitutional law. She wrote her PhD thesis on the subject ‘economic fundamental rights’. She is an involved lecturer in the PhD program called ‘Human rights in the 21st century’, teaches in Hungarian, English and Italian. She is author, co-author or editor of numerous articles, studies and books, including Legislation and Drafting (Budapest 2004, Dialóg Campus), Economic constitution and economic fundamental rights (Budapest 2007, Dialóg Campus) and Hungarian Constitutional Law III. Fundamental Rights (Budapest 2006, Dialóg Campus). drinoczi@ajk.pte.hu

Miklós Kocsis is a PhD student and fellow researcher at the Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pécs. He graduated in 2006, his research interests comprise constitutional law, higher education law and the realisation of the higher educational autonomy. He is member of board of the Association of Hungarian PhD and DLA Students. He delivered more than 10 articles, studies and book chapters in Hungarian and English language, including System of European Forms of Government (Budapest 2007, HVG ORAC). miklos.kocsis@ajk.pte.hu

Arvydas Guogis is a Lithuanian political scientist. He is associate professor of Faculty of Public Administration, Department of Public Administration and Political Science of the Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania a.guogis@gmail.com