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Csaba Varga

National Coordinator for Hungary





After having graduated at Pécs in law in 1965, Csaba Varga joined the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest as a researcher in legal philosophy, where he is now distinguished as a scientific adviser. He started teaching legal philosophy at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in the early ‘80s, where he was appointed a professor in 1992. As a senior political adviser to the first free-elected prime minister of Hungary after the fall of communism, he could take part in the re-foundation of the Catholic University in Hungary during the early ‘90s. Serving also as one of the founders of its Faculty of Law, he became the director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy in 1995 to develope one of the most demanding curricula for teaching theoretical subjects in law in Europe [cf. ].

         By instituting the National Branch of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) in Hungary in 1975, by launching the series of „Jogfilozófiák / Philosophiae Juris” in 1988 (now with some forty volumes regularly reprinted and widely used in both research and education), by organising international conferences under the aegis of the IVR and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law at Oñati (Guipuzkoa, Spain), by managing TEMPUS projects within the European Union PHARE program within the scheme of some thirty Western European partners in legal philosophy, he may have contributed to revitalise theoretical legal thinking in his country.

         As a founding board member of several journals (including Current Legal Theory, Ratio Juris as well as Legal Theory) and as an associate to the International Academy of Comparative Law, he is honoured by professorship having visited Lund, Canberra, Waseda/Tokyo, Yale/New Haven, Edinburgh, Münster and Stockholm, as well as by frequent guest lecturing and conference participation.

         In addition to a number (catalogued in the bibliographies included herewith) of books he authored/edited also in English and papers he published at international fora too, his publications do include

as books

·   Paradigms of Legal Thinking (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó 1999) [Philosophiae Iuris]

·   European Legal Cultures [with Volkmar Gessner & Armin Höland] (Aldershot, Brookfield USA, Singapore, Sydney: Dartmouth 1996) [TEMPUS Textbook Series on European Law and European Legal Cultures 1]

·   Comparative Legal Cultures (Aldershot, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney: Dartmouth & New York: The New York University Press 1992) [The International Library of Essays in Law & Legal Theory, Legal Cultures 1]

as papers

·   ‘Change of Paradigms in Legal Reconstruction (Carl Schmitt and the Temptation to Finally Reach a Synthesis)’ in Scandinavian Studies in Law 48 (2005)

·   ‘The Hart-phenomenon’ Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 91 (2005) 1

·   ‘Buts et moyens en droit’ in Giovanni Paolo II Omaggio dei giuristi a Sua Santità a cura di Aldo Loiodice & Massimo Vari (Roma: Bardi Editore & Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2003)

·   ‘What is to Come after Legal Positivisms are Over?’ in Theorie des Rechts und der Gesellschaft Festschrift für Werner Krawietz, ed. Manuel Atienza et al. (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 2003)

·   ‘Norms through Parables in the New Testament’ in Time and Law ed. François Ost et al. (Brussels: Bruylant 1998) [Bibliothèque de l’Académie Européenne de Théorie du Droit]

·   ‘Varieties of Law and the Rule of Law’ Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 82 (1996) 1

·   ‘Do we have the Right to Judge the Past?’ Rechtstheorie 23 (1992) 3

·   ‘Liberty, Equality, and the Conceptual Minimum of Legal Mediation’ in Enlightenment, Rights and Revolution ed. Neil MacCormick et al. (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press 1989)

·   ‘Anthropological Jurisprudence?’ in Law in East and West (Tokyo: Waseda University Press 1988)

·   ‘Law as History?’ in Philosophy of Law in the History of Human Thought ed. Stavros Panou et al. (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden 1988) [Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, Supplementa 2]

·   ‘Reflections on Law and on its Inner Morality’ Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia del Diritto LXII (1985) 3 / ‘Reflexiones arcerca del Derecho y sua Moralidad Interna’ in H. L. Hart y el Concepto de Derecho = Revista de Ciencias Sociales (1986)

·   ‘Law as Teleology’ in Rationalisierung der Gesetgebung Jürgen Rödig Gedächtnissymposion, ed. Heinz Schäffer et al. (Baden-Baden & Vienna: Nomos & Manz 1984)





General Coordinator

Fulvio Di Blasi

National Coordinator for Hungary

Csaba Varga

National Coordinator for Spain

David Lorenzo