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Staff Members

László Majtényi

Lawyer, chairman of the institute

László Majtényi’s areas of expertise are constitutional law, the freedom of information and the ombudsman institutions.

He has been a lecturer at several universities and he is a solicitor. He is a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2008 and 2009 he was the chairman of the National Radio and Television Authority, during which he suspended his activities at EKINT. Between 1995 and 2001 he was the first parliamentary commissioner for data protection in Hungary, and before that, between 1990 and 1995 he was a legal advisor at the Constitutional Court. He authors numerous publications, books, book chapters and articles published in Hungary and abroad.

Bernadette Somody

Constitutional lawyer, director of the institute

Bernadette Somody is a lecturer at the Constitutional Law Department of ELTE, Faculty of Law.

Her research areas concern the protection of fundamental rights, the institutions intended for the protection of fundamental rights and the case law on fundamental rights. She received her PhD degree at ELTE in 2009 in the field of the protection of rights provided by the ombudsman. She worked at ombudsman institutions for several periods.

Zoltán Miklósi

Political philosopher

Senior researcher of the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute.

Zoltán Miklósi is an associate professor lecturing in political philosophy at Central European University, Department of Political Science. He pursued his doctoral studies at ELTE and at the New School for Social Research in New York, and earned his PhD degree in 2005 at ELTE. Working as an expert for Freedom House between 2000 and 2002, he was the main author of the 2001 and 2002 reports on Hungary.

Ivett Császár

Program coordinator of EKINT

Program coordinator of Eötvös Károly Policy Institute.

She received her degrees in English and Hungarian Literature at Eotvos Lorand University, Faculty of Humanities, and in Gender Studies at the Central European University. She defended her PhD thesis on the implications of George Orwell’s masculinity on his non-fictional work at ELTE (2013). Her research interests include the social debate on abortion, the gendered nature of popular culture and of lately the gender aspects of contemporary Young Adult literature. She is an external lecturer at ELTE, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Nóra Köves

Human rights expert

Project manager and human rights expert of the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute.

She started her studies at BKF (now Metropolitan University), and continued them in Turkey at Istanbul Aydin University and in Hungary at ELTE where she studied international relations with human rights specialization. Besides her studies she worked as a volunteer and later an activist and an expert for several civil and international organization in America, Turkey and Kosovo, dealing with various groups of vulnerable people. In France she participated in the work of the Permanent Delegation of Hungary to the UNESCO. She was the Hungarian UN Youth Delegate for one and a half year and she also worked for the Regional Office for South Eastern Europe of Terre des Hommes. Since 2013 she has been an editor of Fundamentum human rights quarterly.

Domokos Lázár

Legal expert

Junior researcher of the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute.

Domokos Lázár is a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Law of ELTE. His research field concerns the legal and sociological aspects of anti-discrimination and equal opportunities.

Emese Pásztor

Legal expert

Junior researcher of the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute.

Emese Pásztor is a PhD student at the Constitutional Law Department of ELTE. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of ELTE in 2011. She worked as a trainee for various international law firms, and then she worked in the field of law enforcement, investigating police measures as the legal advisor of the Independent Police Complaints Board. She started her PhD studies in 2014 specialising in the protection of privacy with a special emphasis on the boundaries of state interference into the family life of citizens. She completed her bar exams in 2016 and she holds a Master Degree in European Human Rights (LL.M.) since 2017. She speaks English and Spanish.

Virág Zsugyó

Legal expert

Junior researcher of the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute.

Virág Zsugyó is a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Law of Debrecen University. Her research field is the judicial control of constitutional amendments. Since 2014 she has been an editor of Fundamentum, a human rights quarterly. At present she is a lecturer at the Constitutional Law Department of Debrecen University.