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Our Professors

Trócsányi, László (E-mail) (professor of law, head of department) finished his legal studies at the Eötvös Lóránd University Faculty of Law in 1980, and took the bar examination in 1985. Between 1980-1981 he was a specialized legal librarian at the Library of the Parliament, between 1981-1988 he was an assistant research fellow, then research fellow of the Institute of Legal Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Between 2000 and 2004 he represented the Republic of Hungary as a plenipotentiary ambassador assigned to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, seated in Brussels. He teaches at the Department of Constitutional Law of the University of Szeged (SZTE, previously: József Attila University, JATE) Faculty of Law from 1989, first as a senior lecturer, from 1994 as an associate professor, and as a professor from 2000. He is the head of department at the Faculty from 1994, Vide Dean between 1994-1998. From 2004 he has been the Director of the European Studies Centre of the University of Szeged Faculty of Law. He acquired his candidature in 1991, and habilitated in 2000. His research interests include the development of national parliaments, tendencies in constitutional development, national constitutional law and European integration, administrative justice system, the law of utilities and the political and legal outset and structure of Francophone countries. Hungarian member of the Venice Committee of the Council of Europe. Member of the Budapest Bar Association from 1985. From 2006, President of the Committee for International Relations of the BBA. He was elected by the Parliament for a seat of a Justice at the Hungarian Constitutional Court in February 2007, where he served until he has been appointed to represent the Republic of Hungary as a plenipotentiary ambassador assigned to Paris, France, which position he assumes from November 2010. He speaks French and English.


Trócsányi, László - Publications (2005-2010)

Tóth, Judit (E-mail) (associate professor, vice head of department, CSc) graduated at the ELTE Faculty of Law and took a bar examination as a legal advisor. She is a leading research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ (HAS) Research Institute for Minority Research - Research Group on International Migration. She is a part-time colleague of the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner. From 1990 to date, she constantly takes part in research within the HAS on subjects that concern international migration, asylum, diaspora policies and EU enlargement (e.g. FP6 CHALLENGE on Liberty and Security 2004-2009, EU-Canada Project on migration 2009-2011). Simultaneously, she participates in multi-department research activity at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Law (funded by OTKA, KTTK, MATRA) on the subjects of asylum law, constitutionalization and accession to the EU. She authored more than 100 publications in English and in Hungarian, she has been the editor and/or proofreader of more than a dozen books. She has been in public administration for 25 years as legal adviser in issues of codification, harmonization of law, reports on human rights and preparations of international treaties. She represented Hungary in the Special Legal Subcommittee on Stateless Persons and Refugees (Council of Europe) between 1990-1996. She regularly cooperates with different institutions of the Council of Europe, EU and UN (such as Documentation Centre, FMOW Network, FRA, UNHCR). She is the Secretary of the Scientific Committee of Law Enforcement Studies (HAS).

Tóth, Judit - Publications (2005-2010)


Tóth, Károly (E-mail) (associate professor) received his degree of law in 1970, following which he started working as a graduate teaching assistant, then as assistant lecturer and as senior lecturer at the Department of State Law (today: Department of Constitutional Law) of the JATE University Faculty of Law. He acquired a PhD in April 1997 and was appointed an associate professor in that year. He published several monographs and studies. He spent time in Odessa, Sofia as part of longer professional visits, he spent smaller amounts of time on visits in Leipzig, Lódz and two times in the Finnish Turku; he attended the Belgrade and Paris world congresses of constitutional law and comparative law; he attended international conferences and colloquia in Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels; he spent time in Vienna, Graz and in Parma by way of inter-university relations. He was the editor of the Acta-series (Acta Universitatis Szegediensis Acta Juridica et Politica illetve Acta Universitatis Szegediensis Publicationes Doctorandorum Juridicorum) of the Szeged Faculty of Law and of the series „Studies of Constitutional Law, politology and civil law”, and he also edited the 1st and 2nd volume of the publications of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University Faculty of Law. He has an advanced level state language examination in Russian. From Marc 1988 to December 1991 he was the Secretary General of the József Attila University. From February 1998 to October 2000 he organized the launching of legal higher education in Budapest as the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár Reformed University. He has been the head of the Department of Constitutional Law there between 2003 and 2010. From March 1998 to December 2001 he was a member of the National Election Committee elected by the Parliament and participated in the fulfillment of professional responsibilities relevant to elections. He is a member of the Association of Hungarian Constitutional Lawyers and the Election Expert Committee.


Tóth, Károly - Publications (2005-2010)

Kiss, Barnabás (E-mail) (associate professor) was inaugurated as a doctor of law in January of 1979 at the József Attila University Faculty of Law. After graduation, he joined the Department of State Law as a graduate teaching assistant with a scholarship. He was appointed assistant lecturer in 1983 and senior lecturer in 1986. He defended his PhD dissertation entitled "The equality of law - The law of equality" in 2003. He was appointed associate professor in 2004. All this time, he partook in all the training forms within the responsibilities of the Department of Constitutional Law and he also taught constitutional law for longer periods of time outside of the Faculty for students in different training programs at different universities. He took approximately 15 professional visits abroad. He is the author of more than 50 publications so far on the topics of constitutional development and human rights. He participated many times in HSRF (OTKA) research, most recently between 2004-2008 on the topic of „Public interest in law”.


Kiss, Barnabás - Publications (2005-2010)

Lichtenstein, József (E-mail) (associate professor, half-time) completed his university studies in 1984 at JATE Faculty of Law. From 1987 he is a judge at the Szeged Municipal Court, between 1997-2003 he is the president on the Szeged Municipal Court. He has been working at the Department of Constitutional Law at the University of Szeged Faculty of Law since 1998, where he is responsible for teaching and supervising seminars, optional courses and giving lectures. He acquired his PhD degree in 2006 at the University of Pécs with summa cum laude qualifications. The title of his thesis: “The Constitutional Foundations of the Hungarian Judiciary”. He speaks French and English. His scholarships and professional visits include trips to the Koblenz County Court (Germany) for two months in 1992, in 1993 one month at the Rhein-Pfalz Justice Ministry and the Mainz Faculty of Law (Germany), the Lausanne Cantonal Appellate Court for two weeks (Switzerland), Federal Justice Center in Washington DC and in Boston MA in 2000 for two weeks and University of London in 2003 for two weeks.

Lichtenstein, József - Publications (2005-2010)

Bárkányi, Gábor (E-mail) (research fellow, head of the Legal Clinic Program) obtained his law degree in 1991 at the JATE Faculty of Law. He passed the bar examination in 1996. In 1999 he participated in an EU specialized training course. He speaks more foreign languages. He worked for the Office for Refugee Affairs and the Office for Immigration and Citizenship Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior between 1989-2004. Between 1993-1999 he taught legal undergraduate courses at the SZOTE College Social Worker specialization. He gives lectures as a colleague of the Department on Constitutional Law since 2000, he teaches and supervises seminars and optional courses.

Bárkányi, Gábor - Publications (2005-2010)

Sulyok, Márton (E-mail) (assistant lecturer) graduate of law, certified American Legal Expert, obtained his degree in law and political sciences in 2007 at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Law. Immediately afterwards he enrolled in the Doctoral Program of the Faculty of Law and became a PhD student of the Department of Constitutional Law. He obtained his absolutorium in the Doctoral School in 2010. Following enrollment to the Doctoral School of the Faculty, he started a two-year-long postgraduate program at the Institute of Comparative Law at the Faculty organized in cooperation with University of Toledo College of Law. Upon completion of this program (2009) he partook in a one-month-long visit to Toledo, Ohio, where he engaged in professional dialogue with the practitioners of the state and federal institutions. Upon his return, he pursued his teaching duties and was appointed as assistant lecturer to the Department of Constitutional Law, where he previously taught from 2007 as a seminar supervisor lecturer in the full-time and correspondence programs of the Faculty on subjects relevant to structure of the state and central administration and on fundamental rights. From 2009 he joined teaching European Comparative Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Economics on behalf of the Institute of Comparative Law of the Faculty of Law. His research areas cover the following fields of interests: Hungarian constitutional development, information and privacy rights, fair trial (these based on comparative constitutional analysis), the European aspects of governance with respect to the relation of the EU and the member states. He speaks English, French and German. In 2008 and in 2009 he was awarded CGRI research fellowships two times by the Belgian organization Wallonie-Bruxelles International in connection with research conducted in the field of information rights and European governance. By way of these scholarships he spent a total of 5 months on the French-speaking universities of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and Namur (FUNDP) as a visiting researcher. He authored several publications (memoranda, articles, book chapters) over the past three years in English and in Hungarian, which were published in domestic and international law reviews and books. He presented several lectures in English on international and national conferences and workshops and partook in several research projects with foreign partners (e.g. Univesity of Ottawa, Mark B. Salter) as well. He is co-author of the 2009 Commentary of the Hungarian Constitution and of the 2010 Commentary of the Data Protection Act.

Sulyok, Márton - Publications (2005-2010)

Jakó, Nóra (E-mail) (graduate teaching assistant) graduated in 2010 at SZTE Faculy of Law. During her years of University studies she completed an EU-law specialization taught at the Faculty and has been the teaching assistant of the Department of Constitutional Law and a member, then President of the Constitutional Law Student Research Group. Her areas of research: the competences pf the Constitutional Court, administrative justice.


Our Lecturers (Non-tenure track, adjunct)

Harangozó, Attila (E-mail) (adjunct lecturer) judge sitting at the Szeged Higher Appellate Court. He finished his legal studies at JATE Faculty of Law in 1996. Between 1997-1999 he worked as a law clerk, later as a municipal, then county judge. He has been sitting at the Szeged Higher Appellate Court since 2005. His main area of research is data protection. As a colleague of the Department of Constitutional Law he teaches and supervises seminars and optional courses.

Sulyok, Tamás (E-mail) (adjunct lecturer) lawyer, certified European law specialist, honorary cosul for the Republic of Austria in Hungary. He acquired his degree of law in 1980 at the JATE Faculty of Law. He passed the bar examination in 1982. He participated in the European Law Specialist Program of the ELTE Faculty of Law Institute of Post-graduate Legal Studies between 2003-2006. He has been teaching at the Department of Constitutional Law at the University of Szeged Faculty of Law since 2005, where he teaches and supervises seminars and optional courses. His research areas include the constitutional situation of lawyers in Hungary and the connections between the provision of legal services and the regulation of the common international market of the European Union. He is fluent in German.

Petneházi, Zsigmond (adjunct lecturer) lawyer. He graduated at the JATE Faculty of Law in 1984. First, he became a law clerk at the Békéscsaba Municipal Prosecutor’s Office, then prosecutor from 1987. Later on he founded his private practice. In 2000, he obtain a qualification as a lawyer specialized in environmental protection. As a lawyer, he has many times turned his attention to affairs of health care nature, within this, especially with constitutional implications of health care, i.e. the rights and obligations of patients. He participates in higher education since 1994, and from the beginning he teaches optional courses and gives lectures at the University of Szeged Faculty of Law, Department of Constitutional Law. His research interests and educational focus is currently focused on the connection of church and state.


Szajbély, Katalin (E-mail) (adjunct lecturer) acquired her degree of law in 2002 at the SZTE Faculty of Law. Simultaneously she graduated in the European Law Specialized Training Program as well at the SZTE Faculty of Law. She was awarded the PhD title in 2009. Until recently she has been an assistant research fellow at the Department on Constitutional Law at the SZTE Faculty of Law. She is a full-time colleague of the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner, where she first acted as legal referee then became vice head of division at the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Ethnic and Minority Rights. She teaches and supervises seminars and optional courses at our Department. Her research areas include minority rights and non-discrimination.


Vida-Sós, Tünde (adjunct lecturer, on maternity leave) court secretary.