About me – a short resume

My name is Tamas Dezso Ziegler.

I am a lawyer from Budapest, Hungary, currently an associate professor in the Institutute of Political and International Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). My major is EU law and European studies (including the interdisciplinary analysis of public policies and political aspects of legislation), international business law and private international law.  Even though I am a lawyer, I find the social and political science of law and policy-making by far more interesting than the positivist analysis of actual paragraphs.  

I started my career at some of the biggest international law firms: at Baker & McKenzie Hungary and Nagy & Trocsanyi Attorneys-At-Law (that time an associate office of Coudert Brothers). Later I taught at several Hungarian universities including Corvinus University Budapest, Karoli Gaspar University School of Law, Edutus College (College for Modern Business Studies) as well as at the National University of Public Service, and also worked for more than a decade as a research fellow of the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest).

Apart of my work in Hungary, I was a visiting professor at Bergen University (Norway), Warwick University (Coventry, the UK), Northwestern Politechnical University (Xi’an, China), a fellow of Free University Berlin, was a visitor at the Diamond Law Library of Columbia University School of Law (New York), a Van Calker Fellow of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Lausanne), a visiting scholar of Fordham University School of Law (New York), a visiting fellow  (grant holder) of Max Planck Institute on Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg) a visiting fellow of Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), and a guest researcher of the Contestations of the Liberal Script (Scripts) research project of the Otto-Suhr-Institute of Free University Berlin.

I participated in several international research projects like the Frame led by the University of Leuven, the bEUcitizen supervised by Utrecht University and also in counselling for the European Parliaments LIBE Committee led by the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. Moreover, I worked in the OSCE Hungarian election oservation mission as senior legal analyst assistant in 2014.

I received my JD (dr. juris) degree from Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), my PhD from Széchenyi István University (Győr, Hungary) and studied in the LLM by research program of the University of Aberdeen School of Law (Aberdeen, Scotland, the UK). My JD thesis was written about the international application of pharmaceutical patents, my PhD Dissertation about private international law in the European Union (both were written in Hungarian). In my habilitation lectures at ELTE University in 2018 I talked about social emotions and their transformation into legal provisions in the EU and the US, including ( 1) The Role of Fear in US/EU Data protection & 2) The thinking about freedom in US/EU consumer contract law.