E.MA Directors

Prof. Gabor Halmai

tl_files/EIUC MEDIA/EMA/Directors/uni_hala.jpgName and Title: Professor Gábor Halmai      

Position: E.MA National Director, Head of Institute of Political and International Studies

Postal Address: ELTE School of Social Sciences, H- 1117. Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a

Phone: 0036 (1) 372-2907

Email: halmaigabor@gmail.com


Gábor Halmai received his PhD from Lóránd Eötvös University in 1983, and became Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1997. Between 2007-2010 he was member of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Management Board based in Vienna. Since 2003 he is the national director of E.MA.

Research Expertise and Interests

Prtofessor Halmai’s primary research interests are comparative constitutional law and human rights. He has published several books and articles, as well as editing volumes on these topics. The most recent ones are as follows: From Separation of Powers to a Government without Checks: Hungary’s Old and New Constitutions (together with Miklós Bánkuti and Kim Lane Scheppele), In: Constitutional Changes and Perspectives in Hungary, CEU Press, 2012.; Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments: Constitutional Courts as Guardians of the Constitution? Constellations, 2012.


Professor Halmai is teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the following areas: International Human Rights, Constitutional Law. In the academic years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 he is visiting professor at Princeton University, where he teaches comparative constitutional law.

Key Publications

2003: Emberi jogok (Human Rights). Casebook, Osiris

2006: Hungary: Human Rights in the Face of Terrorism (ed.) Human Rights Series 1., Vanderplas Publishing, USA

2012: The Use of Foreign law in Constitutional Interpretation, in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Non-academic affiliations

Between 1990-97 Professor Halmai was chief counsellor to the President of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, between 2001-2004 president of the Hungarian Soros Foundation, and from 2006 to 2010 the vice-chair of the Hungarian National Election Commission.

Link to a detailed CV