Gábor Mészáros

UCHV Fellow in Law, Ethics and Public Policy
Wallace Hall, Room 316

Gábor Mészáros was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence before his fellowship period. He is also an assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Pécs in Hungary. His primary research interests are comparative constitutional law, human rights and the legal theory of the state of exception. He had various teaching activities (in Hungarian and English) in the last few years in these fields. The most relevant courses – offered for law students – were ‘Comparative Constitutional Law’, ‘Legal Philosophy’, ‘The Legal Theory of State of Exception’, ‘Judicial Balancing during Emergency’ and ‘Rule of Law and Constitutionalism’. He has also published more than one hundred articles and book chapters on these topics in English and Hungarian and has earned a PhD degree in law at the University of Debrecen in 2017 with the thesis of ‘Constitutional Responses of States to Crisis’. His first and latest book, ‘Constitutionality in Crisis? – States of Emergency in Constitutional Democracies’ (Hungarian, 2018) deals with the most critical issues regarding emergency politics in theory and practice. He joined the University of Pécs in 2015 after nearly ten years of legal practising period and a professional career at the Ministry of Justice, the National Court Office and the Regional Court of Balassagyarmat in Hungary. During his fellowship period at Princeton University, he will work on his book which compares the various regulatory and judicial review issues with special attention to emergency measures taken by states to handle the threat caused by the coronavirus pandemic. He is also an editor of Fundamentum, the Hungarian human rights quarterly.