Professor Gábor Halmai will introduce students to the comparative constitutional rights of many nations in a seminar offered this semester at UM Carey Law. “We are witnessing ‘globalization of human rights’ constitutional law,” observes Halmai, who adds that “courts with constitutional jurisdiction of rights have become aggressive players in new forms of politics.”
Professor Halmai is director of the Institute of Political and International Studies at the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest. His primary research interests are comparative constitutional law and constitutional adjudication of fundamental rights. He has published several books and articles, as well as editing volumes on these topics.
Professor Halmai received his Ph.D. from the Eötvös Lóránd University in 1983, and became Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1997. Between 2007 and 2010, he was a member of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Management Board based in Vienna, and he has been the national director of the European Masters Program in Human Rights and Democratization in Venice since 2003. From 2006 to 2010, Professor Halmai was the vice-chair of the Hungarian National Election Commission. Between 1990 and 1997 he was chief counsellor to the President of the Hungarian Constitutional Court.