International Workshop on
Human Rights Enforcement Mechanisms
Budapest, Hungary, 25 November 2011

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Márta Dezső
- ELTE University Budapest, Hungary
Keynote speech

Prof. Dr Márta Dezső graduated from the ELTE University Budapest and obtained a Cs.C. (now Ph.D.) degree from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1994. The ELTE University granted her the title Dr Habil in 2003. She is specialised in public law with particular emphasis on the electoral law, forms of government, and the European Community law. She has written numerous books and articles in these fields. Her latest monograph, ‘The International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Constitutional Law – Hungary’ (Kluwer Law International, 2010) provides a comprehensive analysis of the Hungarian constitutional system. She has been advisor in constitutional issues to several institutions, including the National Electoral Committee and the Ministry of Justice. She represented the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials at the Commission of Venice, Council for Democratic Elections several times. Since 1990 she has been a lecturer at the Department of Constitutional Law of ELTE University. She was re-elected as Vice Dean in charge of international relations three times (1998-2010). At present she is the head of the Department of Constitutional Law of ELTE University.

Márta Dezső will be speeking at 9.30 a.m.

Pál Sonnevend – ELTE University Budapest, Hungary
Can the European Convention on Human Rights Substitute for National Constitutional Guarantees?

Dr Pál Sonnevend, LL.M graduated from the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest in 1995. He was visiting fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Public International Law and Comparative Public Law, Heidelberg in 1995-1997, 2000 and 2002-2003. He earned his PhD degree from the University of Heidelberg in 2005. Between 1997 and 2000 he served as adviser of the Constitutional Court. From 2000 to 2010 he was adviser and later head of department in the Office of the President of the Republic. He has been teaching public international law and European law at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University Budapest from 1998, where he is now vice dean for international relations.

Pál Sonnevend will be speaking at 10.00 a.m.

Mattias WendelHumboldt University Berlin, Germany
Institutional aspects of the EU’s accession to the European Convention of Human Rights: on the way towards a better enforcement of fundamental rights?

Mattias Wendel will be speaking at 10.20 a.m.

Gordon Anthony – Queen’s University of Belfast, Ireland
“Civil rights” and the Reach of Judicial Review in UK Public Law

Gordon Anthony is a public law specialist with particular interests in judicial review and the relationship between UK public law and European law. He has published widely in these fields and his books include Values in Global Administrative Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2011, eds with J-B Auby, J Morison and T Zwart); Textbook on Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 6th ed, 2009, with P Leyland); Judicial Review in Northern Ireland (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2008); Judges, Transition and Human Rights – Essays in Memory of Stephen Livingstone (Oxford University Press, 2007, eds with J Morison and K McEvoy); and UK Public Law and European Law – The Dynamics of Legal Integration (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2002). He is a member of the European Group of Public Law, Athens, Greece, and a Barrister-at-Law.

Gordon Anthony will be speaking at 11.00 a.m.

Attila Vincze ELTE University Budapest, Hungary
What role for constitutional courts in multi-level constitutionalism?

Dr Attila Vincze studied law in Budapest, Heidelberg and Munich and obtained his first degree from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest (2003), his LLM (2005) and PhD (2009) from the University of Munich. He has been granted a stipendiary research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, at the University of Heidelberg and at the University of Vienna. After holding various teaching and research positions at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest he is now research fellow at the Department of Constitutional law. He was several times visiting lecturer at the Humboldt University of Berlin in European Union law, Public law and Comparative law. In the academic year 2010/2011, he was lecturer in law at the University of Hull where he thought European and British Public Law, German and Comparative Law.

Attila Vincze will be speaking at 11:20 a.m.

Przemyslaw Saganek – Institute of Law Studies, Polish Acedemy of Sciences, Poland
The Polish experience with multi-level guarantees of fundamental rights

Dr hab. Przemysław Saganek was born in 1971 in Bialystok, Poland. In 1995 he graduated at the Faculty of Law, Warsaw University, on the basis of the thesis „The New WTO Anti-dumping Code and the Anti-dumping Law of the EC”. During his studies he spent 7 months at the University of Utrecht. In 1995 he started to work for the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. During his work he published many articles and parts of books, mainly on the EU law and public international law. He participated in many conferences and research visits (e.g. at the Universities in Bonn, Koeln and Max-Planck-Institute in Heidelberg). In 2000 he became a doctor of law on the basis of the thesis „The Division of powers among the European Communities and Their Member States”. In 2011 he became assistant professor (dr hab.) on the basis of the thesis „Unilateral Acts of States in Public International Law”.

Przemyslaw Saganek will be speaking at 11.40 a.m.

Lóránt Csink – Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary
Human Rights in the Sense of the Basic Law of Hungary

Lóránt Csink (1980) is a lecturer at the Constitutional Law Department of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and a counsellor at the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. Previously he worked in numerous offices in the field of constitutional law (Parliament, President’s Office, Constitutional Court and the Ministry of Administration and Justice) since his graduation in 2003. In his PhD thesis (2008) he focused on the separation of powers and the president’s role in parliamentary states. He is the author of ca. 50 publications in the field of constitutional law and comparative law.

Lóránt Csink will be speaking at 14.00 p.m.

Xavier Philippe – Paul Cézanne University Aix-Marseille, France
The New Priority Preliminary Ruling Before the Constitutional Council

Xavier Philippe is Professor of Public Law at Paul Cézanne-Aix-Marseille III University. He studied law and graduated in Aix-en-Provence. He started his academic career at Aix-en-Provence as Lecturer (1985-1989) and then Senior Lecturer. (1989-1990). He was appointed in 1990 as Professor of Public Law of the French Universities after a national competitive examination (agrégation) and was posted at the University of Réunion Island (Indian Ocean). In 1995, he left Reunion Island and was appointed as Professor at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.  In 1997, he stayed at the University of the Western Cape but was also seconded to the ministry of Foreign affairs and posted at the French Embassy in South Africa as legal advisor for the sectors of justice and law. At the end of 2001, he came back to France in Aix-en-Provence where he taught and researched on International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, Comparative Constitutional Law and Trial Advocacy in Common Law Countries. He also taught, in English, European Law and International Humanitarian Law at the Universities of  the Western Cape and of  Cape Town in South Africa. From 2004 to 2007, he was again seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross as Regional Legal Advisor for CIS (Community of Independent States, former USSR minus Baltic countries) in Eastern Europe. Back to Aix-en-Provence at the University of Aix-Marseille in 2007, he resumed his academic career through teachings, publications and expertise. He is now the head of the Louis Favoreu Institute – GERJC (Research Group on comparative constitutional litigation) (Mixed research Unit National Scientific Research Fund) since 2008. He is also extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. His researches and publications were at the beginning focused on French Law (constitutional and administrative law). He wrote his Ph D on ‘The proportionality test in the case law of the French Constitutional and administrative Courts. He published a textbook in administrative law, in Fundamental Rights and wrote several chapters in a book on media law. He then moved to fundamental rights and freedoms in the municipal, comparative and international sphere. Since 1995, he focused his work on the law of State reconstruction in post conflict situations and mainly on the rule of law. His main researches focus now on humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law and transitional justice.

Xavier Philippe will be speaking at 14:20 p.m.

Marek Antos – Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Constitutional Complaint and Its Limits in the Czech Republic

Graduated from the Charles University in Prague in law (JUDr.) and political science (PhDr.). At the Faculty of Law he received his Ph.D. degree in constitutional, European and public international law (2008). During his doctoral study he spent a year at Stockholm University in Sweden. Since 2007 he works as an assistant professor at the Department of Constitutional Law at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Law. His research is focused mainly on election, electoral law and parliamentarianism. Since 2011 he is the head of a research project “Parliamentary Form of Government in Czech Republic and Possibilities for its Rationalisation”, funded by Czech Science Foundation, he takes part also in other research projects. In 2005 he was awarded Bolzano Prize for the best final thesis „U.S. Presidential Election System and its Impacts on Voter Turnout and Elections Results“, in 2006 he won Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund scholarship. He has published two books and more than 20 articles.

Marek Antos will be speaking at 14:40 p.m.

Bernadette Somody & Beatrix Vissy – ELTE University Budapest, Hungary
Citizens’ Role in Constitutional Adjudication in Hungary: From the Actio Popularis to the Constitutional Complaint

Dr Bernadette Somody is a lecturer at the Department of Constitutional Law of Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. She obtained her law degree at Eötvös Loránd Universty in 2000 where she has been teaching constitutional law since that time. She is specialized in fundamental rights, especially in the system of institutions and mechanisms protecting human rights. She got a PhD degree in 2009 based on a thesis on the role of ombudsman institutions in human rights protection. She was also involved in the practice of human rights protection, especially of ombudsman institutions. She was advisor to Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights and member of the Equal Treatment Advisory Board. She is the secretary of the Hungarian Association of Constitutional Lawyers.

Beatrix Vissy (1986) graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest in 2009. She is a junior research fellow and PhD candidate at the Department of Constitutional Law of ELTE University. Her academic interest lies in the area of human right issues with special emphasis on the institutional guarantees of fundamental rights protection. She is a junior researcher of the non-governmental Eötvös Károly Policy Institute (Hungary) dedicated to issuing opinions and proposals in constitutional and public policy issues, as well as conducting long-term studies investigating the condition of certain democratic institutions of Hungary.

Bernadette Somody will be speaking at 15.00 p.m.