Curriculum Vitae of Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay,

Prof. Honoris Causa


2015 ‘Professor Honoris Causa' – University Babeş-Bolyai (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

2011 Dr. habil.: Accession of the EU to the ECHR, University of Pécs, Hungary (Rating: summa cum laude,)

1998 PhD: Minorities protection under the auspices of the League of Nations, University of Pécs, Hungary (Rating: summa cum laude)

1992 ‘Doctor Universitatis', University of Pécs, Hungary (Rating: summa cum laude)

1986 LLB University of Pécs, Faculty of Law, Hungary (Rating: summa cum laude),


Professional Experiences

2014 - present Honorary Director, Centre for European Research and Education (CEERE), University of Pécs, Hungary

2013 - present Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities, Budapest, Hungary

2013 - 2015 Director, Institute of International Studies, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary

2008 - 2013 Director, Centre for European Research and Education (CEERE), University of Pécs, Hungary

2004 - 2007 Dean, University of Pécs, Faculty of Law, Hungary

2004 - 2007 Chair holder, University of Pécs, Faculty of Law, Department of International and European Law, Hungary

06 / 2005 Visiting Professor, Phillips-University Marburg, Germany

                        Modules: Interdisciplinary Working Group Europe, European Studies, Legal Status of Minorities in Europe

2002 - 2004 Vice-dean, University of Pécs, Faculty of Law, Hungary

2004 - present Visiting Professor, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Law, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

                        Modules: European Law: Institutions and Law System; Legal status of individuals in the EU

10 / 2003 Visiting Professor, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Faculty of Law, European Law Institute, Austria

                        Modules: European Law and the fundamental freedoms

2002 - present Accredited to supervise doctoral theses in European Law at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Law (2002/2/III. MAB decision)

2000 – 2002 Visiting Professor, Berzsenyi Dániel College, Szombathely, Hungary

2000 – 2003 Visiting professor, National Judiciary Council Budapest, Hungary (European legal training for Hungarian judges, PHARE programme)

1991 – 1993 Visiting professor, University of Bayreuth, Faculty of Law, Germany

                        Modules: International protection of minorities in the 20th century; Hungary and the EC: new legislative developments in Hungary

1986 - present Full-time member of the teaching staff, University of Pécs, Hungary, Faculty of Law, Department of International and European Law, and Faculty of Business and Economics

                        Modules: European Public Law I and II – compulsory; Protection of Minorities in the EU, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in the EU, Union Citizenship; various optional subjects on European Integration in graduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses

Research Interests

  • Protection of minorities in international law
  • Fundamental rights in the European Union – in general the legal position of individuals in the European Union
  • Convergence of the three legal orders (national-international-EU) in the field of human rights/fundamental rights
  • Union citizenship and the role of The European Court of Justice
  • Institutions and legal system of the European Union
  • Procedures and functioning of The European Court of Justice
  • Free movement of persons in the European Union

Language skills

  • Hungarian        Mother tongue 
  • German            Advanced conversational
  • English             Conversational
  • Romanian        Advanced conversational 

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2012 Academic coordinator; EU-SCHOLA (European Union in the School) – LLP JMP.

2011 - 2012 Project manager, lead beneficiary; IDEM - International Project Management course based on the Cooperation of South Transdanubian and Croatian educational institutions, Pécs-Osijek – HU-HR-IPA CBC Programme

2009 - 2012 Project partner, coordinator; CCCEU (Citizenship and Combating Crime in the EU) – LLP Erasmus IP.

2009 Commemorative Plaque "For Hungarian Higher Education"

2008 - 2009 CEEPUS network coordinator – "Minorities in Central Europe". (HU-0309-00-0809)

2005 - 2006 CEEPUS network coordinator – "Convergence of Legal Systems". (HU-0005-01-0509)

1999 - 2002 ‘Bolyai János' fellowship; Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1998 "Minorities protection in the EU" – PFP-project financed by Hungarian funds (PFP-0591/98)

1997 TEMPUS research scholarship in Bayreuth, Germany

1996 Research scholarship of the Schweizerische Osteuropabibliothek in Bern, Switzerland

1996 TEMPUS research scholarship in Graz, Austria

1995 European University Institute Florence; Florence, Italy

1990 DAAD research scholarship for a European Law project in Bayreuth, Germany

1986 - 1988 Member of the OTKA-research team/project "Constitutional and international law aspects of the minority question"

1984 Visiting student scholarship, Bayreuth, Germany

Memberships in professional and Scientific Organisations

2008 - present Member of the Board of Trustees, Europäische Rechtsakademie (ERA), Trier, Germany

2005 - 2008 President, Section IX (Economics and Law), regional commission in Pécs of the MTA, Hungarian Academy of Science, Hungary

2003 - present Founding member of the Hungarian Section, member of the Board, Federation International pour le Droit Européen (FIDE)

2003 - present Member of the Hungarian Sociology Society, Hungary

2001 - 2013 Permanent member, junior project manager, Postgraduate School, University of Pécs, Faculty of Law, Hungary

1995 - present Member of the International Law Association (ILA), Hungarian Division

1995 - present Hungarian Foreign Affairs Society, Hungary

1992 - 1994 Member, Hungarian Group, Spokespersons' Network of the EC Commission,

1989 - 1990 Member, Council on Minority Issues, Office of the Prime Minister, Hungary


Memberships in Editorial boards

2014 - present Editor in chief of PJIEL ("Pécs Journal of International and European Law") , Pécs, Hungary

2012 - present Member of the editorial board of the "Hungarian Yearbook of International and European Law" – Eleven International Publishing, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2009 - present Member of the editorial board of the Journal of European and Regional Studies – Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Romania

2007 - present Member of the editorial board of JURA – periodical of the Faculty of Law, University of Pécs, Hungary

2007 - present Member of the editorial board of "Közjogi Szemle" (Public Law Review) – HVG-Orac, Hungary


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Budapest, 01 September, 2015