As of April 2019 I will stay as a fellow at Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies (Cornell Institute for European Studies) for 2,5 months. I am extremely grateful that the Center supports my journey, and am sure it will be a very inspiring stay!
This week there is a lecture which falls into my recent researches as well, see
Recently, Harvard professor Steven Pinker’s book “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress”, which explores the effect of the Enlightenment on contemporary societies worldwide and also anti-Enlightenment movements in the West, became an international bestseller. Applying his findings about the age-old symbiotic relationship between certain elements of “Western civilization” and (post-) Fascism to certain developments both at the EU level and in individual member states, we can an uncover alarming rise in legal cynicism being applied to deal with these scenarios.
You can access the article here, on the website of Völkerrechtsblog.
I also gave a presentation about this topic on the cynical international law conference at Free University Berlin. You can download my slides here.
Friday, 6 September 2019
Conference Venue: Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin (Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin). Welcome and Keynote Speech: Lecture Hall A (Hörsaal A), Panels: Senate Hall (Senatssaal)
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hoffmann-Holland (Vice President, Freie Universität Berlin)
9.45-11.00 Keynote Speech
Prof. Dr. Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics and Political Science)
11.00-11.20 Coffee Break
Panel 1: Cynical Foundations of International Law
Chair: Dr. Dana Burchardt (KFG International Rule of Law / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Theresa Reinold (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Cynicism and the Autonomy of International Law
Comment: Prof. Dr. Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki)
Ass. Prof. Dr. Gabriel Lentner (Danube University Krems)
Beyond Cynicism and Critique: International Law and the Possibility of Change
Comment: Prof. Dr. Janne Nijman (University of Amsterdam)
Prof. Hengameh Saberi (Osgoode Hall Law School of York University)
Cynicism in International Law: A Path to Political Entrepreneurship
Comment: Prof. Dr. Andreas von Arnauld (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
13.20-14.20 Lunch Break
Panel 2: Cynical Actors in International Law
Chair: Raphael Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
Konstantin Kleine (Graduate Institute Geneva)
The International Law Commission as a Club of Cynics? Originalism and Legalism in the Commission’s Contemporary Work
Comment: Prof. Dr. Patrícia Galvão Teles (Autonomous University of Lisbon)
Daniel Ricardo Quiroga-Villamarin (Graduate Institute Geneva)
From Speaking Truth to Power to Speaking Power’s Truth: Transnational Judicial Activism in an Increasingly Illiberal World
Comment: Prof. Dr. Andreas Paulus (Universität Göttingen)
Christian Pogies (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Oceans of Cynicism? Norm-Genesis, Lawfare and the South China Sea Arbitration Case
Comment: Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
16.20-16.40 Coffee Break
Panel 3: Cynicism in EU Law
Chair: Linus Mührel (Technische Universität Dresden/Freie Universität Berlin)
Ass. Prof. Dr. Tamas Ziegler (Eötvös Lorand University)
The Anti-Enlightenment Tradition as a Source of Cynicism in the EU
Comment: Prof. Dr. Christian Calliess (Freie Universität Berlin)
Jesse Claassen (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Assessing the Strategic Use of the EU Preliminary Ruling Procedure by National Courts
Comment: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Boysen (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg)
Saturday, 7 September 2019
Panel 4: Cynicism in the Sub-Fields of International Law
Chair: Lena Riemer (Freie Universität Berlin)
Caroline Omari Lichuma (Universität Göttingen)
In International Law We (Do Not) Trust: the Persistent Rejection of Economic and Social Rights as a Manifestation of Cynicism
Comment: Prof. Dr. Dominik Steiger (Technische Universität Dresden)
Dr. Shiri Krebs (Deakin University School of Law)
The War on International Law: Legal Cynicism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Comment: Prof. Dr. Marco Sassòli (Université de Genève)
Elisabeth Baier (Carlo-Schmid-Fellow at the International Criminal Court)
Zynismus? Ja Bitte! Embracing Cynicism in International Criminal Law
Comment: Elisabeth Baumgartner LL.M. (swisspeace)
11.00-11.15 Coffee Break
Panel 5: Cynicism and Abuse of Rights
Chair: Alicia Köppen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Philipp Janig (Universität der Bundeswehr München)
‘Cynical’ Outgrowths of Nationality Planning in Investment Law
Comment: Prof. Dr. Campbell McLachlan (Victoria University of Wellington)
Comment: Prof. Dr. Helmut Aust (Freie Universität Berlin)
Dr. Helene Hayden (Higher Regional Court Vienna)
The European Concept of Abuse of Rights – an Analysis Based on Aggressive Tax Practices
Comment: Prof. Dr. Franz Mayer (Yale) (Universität Bielefeld)
13.15-13.30 Concluding Remarks
Prof. Dr. Heike Krieger (Freie Universität Berlin)
13.30 Light Lunch
I tried to theorize the limitation of academic freedom in Hungary and the EU. The lecture was called “The anti-Enlightenment tradition and the limitation of academic freedom – A search of domestic and EU-level answers”. The slides are available here.
In May I stay as a guest researcher at Freie Universität Berlin in the framework of their research project “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)”. My researches about the European anti-Enlightenment tradition, EU disintegration and the limitation of academic freedom fits completely among the topics of the project.
I will also give a lecture (Otto Suhr Institute colloquium) on 27th May at 16:00. The title will be “The anti-Enlightenment tradition and the limitation of academic freedom: a search of domestic and EU-level answers”.
“The Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS) analyzes the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. What are the causes of the current contestations? How do they differ from earlier crises? What are the consequences for democracy and the global challenges of the 21st century?… In addition to Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, five other Berlin-based research institutions are participating in SCRIPTS: the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Institute for Economic Research, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient.” The description of Scripts is available here. Their website is at https://www.scripts-berlin.eu/.
That was such a magnificient event, thanks for the organizers and the participants! The slides of my lecture are available here. I mixed my researches on a European anti-Enlightenment tradition and EU disintegration.
ACADEMIC WORKSHOP: The EU and the Crisis of the International Liberal Order: A Systemic Crisis? – 4-5 April 2019
The program is available here.
The slides of my lecture at MPI Heidelberg can be accessed here.
I arrived to Max Planck Institute recently. Did not know before that Heidelberg is the land of the rose–ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), a beautiful (and, btw, highly intelligent) parrot, which live around our home at the guesthouse of the university. What an amazing environment!
Gave a presentation about the change of EU refugee law at a conference of the Institute for International Legal Studies (ISGI) of the Italian National Research Council (National Research (CNR).
I tried to mix refugee law with European studies. The title of my lecure was ‘Reverse (negative) spillovers and the EU’s refugee crisis – Disintegration within the EU’, you can download the slides of the lecture here.
Please note that we also plan to publish a book about this topic (Human Rights Of Asylum Seekers In Italy And Hungary – Influence Of International And Eu Law On Domestic Actions. G. Giappichelli & Eleven Publishing, Rome, The Hague, will be published shortly.). My chapter in this book will be called ‘EU Asylum Law: Disintegration and Negative Spillovers.’
Please find below the pictures of this last conference.
I gave some lectures about the EU for the students at NPU in Xi’an. I found the environment as well as the students amazing!
Students were really inquisitive, their command of English was perfect, and after my classes they asked many intelligent questions, which showed that they understood everything correctly and were curious about certain issues (like, for example, about the role of the Court of Justice of the EU). After the class, they also guided me through the campus, which looked excellent, was built maybe ten years ago, and contains one of the biggest university libraries in China (and the biggest university library built on water).
The slides of my introductory lecture about Hungary, Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences can be found here.
The slides of the lecture I gave about EU single market regultions is available here.
My slides on EU external trade law can be accessed here.
NPU has two main campuses, one can be found in the inner city and the other is at the border of the city, I attach pictures of both. They both look marvellous.
I visited Northwestern Politechincal University in Xi’an, China. It was an extremely inspiring journey, met many symphatic, smart and kind colleagues as well as students, and am really grateful for the support I received from the university. I am especially thankful to Na Li from the School of Humanities, Economics and Law.
The conference was called ‘The Silk road to Central Asia’. My presentation was about the Practical Aspects of the New Silk Road Cooperation in the European Union. I tried to give a short, introductory overview about contracting, private international law and state aid/public procurement laws in the European Union. My slides are available here. One of my colleagues and friends, Balázs Horváthy also talked on this conference about EU-China trade and investor dispute settlement questions.
I am also grateful to Chen Jie from the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, who was kind enough to translate my presentation to Chinese, and to the student body, who helped me a lot and guided me in Xi’an to our meetings.
I am really grateful to the colleagues at Warwick University, it was really inspiring to meet them, had a great time at the School of Law. I gave sereval lectures/seminars. One of them was about disintegration within the EU and the occurance of negative (reverse) spillovers in EU law (it was called Negative (reverse) spillovers in EU law – First thoughts on a theoretical framework – the slides are available here). Another lecture was about conflict-of-laws issues, it was called The magic evolution of conflict of laws – Internationalisation, interdependence and the role of tolerance (the slides are available here).
As mentioned before, I gave a lecture at the Italian National Research Council about Hungary’s actions regarding refugees and the connection of legislative/political changes to European human rights (esp. EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights) in Rome. The lecture was given in the framework of a joint research project of the Institute for International Legal Studies and the Hungarian Acadey of Sciences on refugee protection.
I am grateful for the colleagues at the Institute for International Legal Studies for their cooperation and their support. The slides of my lecture can be downloaded here. They can be useful for anyone who wants to have a draft about Hungary and the international/European standards regarding asylum seekers.
We (ie. the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Institute for International Legal Studies) have a joint research project on refugee protection and EU law/international law standards, I will give a lecture this week on Friday. I am extremely happy to visit Rome, the Institute and the Italian colleagues!
I am very grateful to the Bergen University community, had a wonderful time at the university, the city was beautiful, the discussion was inspiring and I enjoyed my stay a lot.
I attach the slides of my lectures below:
- The slides of the first lecture (given for the Research Group in Competition & Market Law) about the connection between EU single market rules, non-discrimination of foreign companies and the new system of oligarchs (Nationalism vs. the single European market – the case of Hungary) can be accessed here.
- The slides of the second one, a more general lecture (given for the Project Group on Constitutional law and Democracy) about the changes of rule of law in Hungary and their connection with EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights (Constitutionalism, rule of law and the Hungarian phenomenon) can be accessed here.
Please find my blog entry about the collection of related publications in these fields here, they can serve of interest to anyone who wants to know more abut Hungary’s position within the EU. I also added some more pictures of the university. 🙂
Hope you enjoy(ed) your stay in Budapest and my lecture was not too detailed (especially after the long journey 🙂 ).
Please find the slides here.
Wish you all the best with your studies!
Hétfőn az ELTE TáTK-on tiltakozó előadásokat tartottunk a CEU, illetve az akadémiai szabadság elleni barbár kormányzati támadásra reagálva. Jómagam arról beszéltem, hogy hogyan deformálta az autoriter szemlélet az elmúlt években a kormány tevékenységét. E szerint a primitív szemlélet szerint az élet kérdéseire csupán egy jó válasz adható, miközben egy, a szabadságra épülő, nyitott társadalomban az emberek tisztában vannak azzal, hogy tolerancia szükséges az együttélés kereteinek megteremtéséhez. Ilyen értelemben pedig a FIDESz elnyomó rendszere nem a liberálisokkal áll szemben, hanem a demokratákkal, legyenek azok liberálisok, szociál-demokraták, vagy éppen konzervatívok. Nem véletlen, hogy utóbbi csoportból is egyre többen vetik fel, hogy szép fokozatosan utóbbi párt egy elnyomó, korrupt, szélsőjobboldali mozgalommá alakította át magát, a demokratikus értékekre épített konzervativizmus helyett.
Az előadásom diái itt, vagy a fenti képre kattintva is elérhetőek.
Szerencsére sokan voltak:
In the first lecture I talked about Hungary’s illiberal turn and especially about the transformation of the domestic free market into a less competitive, centrally governed market in which state capture and oligarchs dominate. I used examples from Hungarian history to show such actions have historical tradition in the country, and I explained why there is a conflict between EU law and government policies. You find the slides of the lecture here.
Second, we watched the movie Sin nombre, and after watching it I gave a small presentation (in Hungarian) about US and Central American gangs, and especially about Mara Salvatrucha. Since following gang/maffia related conflicts in the US is one of my hobbies, I enjoyed talking about them a lot, even though this is not srrictly related to my scientific work . You can download the slides here.
Attended our regular yearly conference at the university, gave a presentation about discrimination of foreign businesses in Hungary. I focused on EU law/single market rules, corruption and the political background.
Az ELTE TÁTK kulcskérdések 2016 konferenciáján a külföldiek diszkriminációjáról és a belső piac szabályairól beszéltem, röviden kitérve a politikai oldalára illetve a korrupcióra gyakorolt hatásra. Az előadás tulajdonképpen az Állam- és Jogtudományban megjelent egy cikkem alapjául szolgáló kutatásokat (itt elérhető) viszi tovább. Az előadás diái letölthetőek innen.
The website of the course can be reached here:
About this course
Whether you are an EU citizen or not, this course concerns you! The EU is a major global actor in the field of human rights. EU treaties state that human rights are a fundamental value of the Union, which must be a ‘silver thread’ in all its policies. The EU now acts within an impressive array of competences, and therefore has the potential to impact – positively or negatively – anyone’s human rights.
This EU and Human Rights course teaches the basics of human rights, placing the EU at the centre of investigation. The course will examine a number of key questions:
- What factors are key to making the EU a positive or a negative force for human rights? An example is the economic crisis: what impact has it had on people’s human rights in the EU and the world?
- Which actors, friends or foes, must the EU engage with to successfully promote human rights? Examples include NGOs, businesses, or other international organisations like the Council of Europe or the United Nations.
- In key policy sectors in which the EU is active, what is on balance the impact of the EU? Examples include trade, development, migration social policy or international crisis management.
All of the course activities aim to improve your understanding of how the EU, alone or in combination with other local or global, state or non-state actors, can better promote and uphold human rights worldwide.
The course is intended for anyone interested in human rights and the EU, human rights law, European law, European Studies, international relations, global governance, etc.
It is divided into four modules:
1: The EU and Human Rights: Value Promotion and Coherence
2: Promoting Human Rights inside the EU
3: Promoting Human Rights in EU External Action
4: Capitalising on Success and Remedying Flaws
This MOOC is based on the FRAME project (www.fp7-frame.eu), which has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. (Grant Agreement No. 320000)
What you’ll learn
- How the EU works
- What the EU does
- How the EU affects human rights
- Where the EU can do better to be a positive force for human rights
Week 1: Human Rights Challenges in EU Policies
The course will first outline the background to EU action, presenting the environment in which the EU acts. Subsequently, focus will move to the challenges and factors that affect EU performance in relation to human rights.
Week 2: EU as a Human Rights Actor
In this week the core concept of human rights will be introduced, and subsequently examined in relation to two other values making up the EU’s constitutional triad: namely the rule of law and democracy. These are set against EU policy requirements provided for by the Treaties according to which coherence is to be ensured in all the EU’s internal and external policies.
Weeks 3-5: EU’s Internal Setting and Fundamental Rights Policies; Themes and Priorities of EU External Human Rights Policies; Actors and Geographic Approaches in EU External Relations
In weeks 3 to 5 the selected policy fields will illustrate this complexity compartmentalising the initiatives undertaken by the EU to fulfil its human rights obligations both internally and externally. The presentation of the complex policies will be accompanied by concrete case studies and insights from the practice of policymaking.
Week 6: EU Human Rights Policy Evaluation
Finally, the course will provide insights into monitoring and evaluating possibilities, which may aid the EU in improving its human rights related performance both in terms of the use of policy instruments and shaping the policy content.
Meet the instructors
Joana Abrisketa Uriarte
Eva Maria Lassen
Carmen Márquez Carrasco
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!!! Unfortunately, I had to skip the conference below – however, for those who have time, it still could be of interest.
The Project for Democratic Union’s Budapest Office is partnering with AEGEE-Budapest in organizing a Conference on the European refugee crisis. The primary focus of the event will be Hungarian migration and refugee policy in light of general European practice.
For many years the migration of European citizens within the EU has been causing worries due to its effect on the European labour market. Due to the high number of foreign job-seekers, governments of some Member States have raised their voices and called for urgent action and the reform of the EU’s migration policy. At the same time, the question of refugees coming from third countries – mainly war-zones – has been brought to the fore, after several accidents have occurred in the Mediterranean Sea.
Initially, only Mediterranean states were concerned by this situation, but lately other border countries of the EU, such as Bulgaria and Hungary, have become affected by the massive flow of often illegal immigrants and refugees. Although the EU is trying to find a coordinated answer to the problem, some countries managed to receive opt-outs and were able to carry out unilateral responses to this unprecedented situation. However, these practices are not far from being dangerous because in countries where extremism and xenophobia are on the rise, such as Hungary or Poland, they can result in a hostile attitude and hatred towards the people in despair.
Hungary’s fence erected on its Serbian border is only one example of the questionable methods EU Member States are using to solve the refugee crisis. The conference will address the Hungarian migration and refugee policy in light of the general European practice. It will also cover the EU’s current attempts to reform its migration policy and to show paths towards an acceptable solution to the situation.
Péter Balázs – Professor at Central European University, former Member of the European Commission, former Foreign Minister of Hungary
Carlos Puente – Economist, Attorney at Law, Political Scientist, Senior Visting Professor
Dezső Tamás Ziegler – Senior Lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University – Faculty of Social Sciences, Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Institute for Legal Studies
Event audience: Open to Public
For any further questions you may contact: Veronika Czina from PDU Budapest email@example.com or Péter Sczigel from AEGEE-Budapest firstname.lastname@example.org
Fővám tér 8 – Budapest
Date(s) – 23/09/2015
7:10 pm – 8:40 pm
Fővám tér 8
Gave a lecture on the effect of Jamaican music on world music herritage. The slides can be downloaded here or by clicking on the image below.
A jamaikai zene nemzetközi hatásáról az ELTE TÁTK-on elhangzott előadás diái a képre kattintva, vagy itt elérhetőek. Mindenkinek köszönöm a részvételt, és a tanszéki kollégáknak is a sok szervezést!
I recently noticed that TWO Hungarian language articles we wrote together with Balázs Horváthy can be found on the internet about the Lisbon Treaty and the system of justice and home agffairs. The articles can serve as general introduction into the topic as well as for a comprehensive analysis on the institutions and legal system of JHA after Lisbon.
You can reach them here or by cliking on the image above.
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Észrevettem, hogy az intereneten elérhető KÉT írásunk a bel- és igazságügyi együttműködés Lisszaboni Szerződést követő rendszeréről. A munkák itt, vagy fenti logóra klikkelve érhetőek el, és a Jog, Állam politika c. lapban jelentek meg. Előzőleg a Lamm Vanda emlékkötetben ugyanennek a kérdésnek egy hasonló ám máshogyan strukturált vizsgálatát végeztük el (ld. a list of publications részt ezen az oldalon).
Pls find below the slides of a lecture on the weaknesses and possible development of EU consumer law.
The slides can be reached here.
The students continously protest against the present anti-democratic government. I recapped the present situation of Hungary with especial regard to the provisions of the European Union and the possible protection provided by the CoE.
A short Hungarian language summary can be found here.
Pls find my public research profile here
We had a nice little workshop with some excellent scholars from Germany – Prof. Nettesheim from Tübingen and Prof. Bien from Würzburg. I spoke about the fragmentation of EU contract law provisions and the chances of unification (pls find my ppt slides below).
An interview with me about my stay in New York (unfortunately in Hungarian. However, an English language translation will be available as well)