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Gábor Halmai

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Director of Graduate Studies

Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law

Gábor HALMAIAppointed in September 2016 as Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, and in January 2018 as Director of Graduate Studies at the Law Department. His primary research interests are comparative constitutional law and international human rights. He has published several books and articles, as well as edited volumes on these topics in English, German and Hungarian. He joined EUI in 2016 after a teaching and research career (at the Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, Princeton University in the USA, the European Masters Program in Human Rights and Democratization in Italy) as well as years of professional career as chief advisor to the President of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, member of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Management Board and numerous other civic activities.

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Supervision Interests

  • Comparative and national constitutional law
  • Comparative and national rights issues
  • Comparative and national constitutional adjudication
  • Constitution-making processes
  • Constitutional development in East-Central Europe

"Due to the non-communication policy of the EUI I cannot discuss research proposals prior to submission, but potential applicants should feel free to contact me if they wish to check, whether a particular topic fits within my areas of interest"

Research Interests

  • Comparative constitutional law
  • Globalisation of constitutionalism
  • Constitution-making in democratic transitions
  • Comparative judicial review
  • Transitional justice- Fundamental rights, particularly freedom of expression and religious rights

Current Research

  • Illiberal democracies within the EU
  • EU Rule of Law Mechanism
  • Transformation of public law in Hungary

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 401 / 993 

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Anna Di Biase

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Manica - Office SACA 206)

Working Languages: Hungarian, English, German, Russian (research fluency), French (research fluency)


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