Dr. Csaba Varga

Csaba VARGA Curriculum vitae


Research Professor Emeritus – Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (H–1250 Budapest, P.  O. Box 25) varga@jog.mta.hu

Professor Emeritus – Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law (founding director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy, 1995-2011) (H–1428 Budapest 8, P. O. Box 6) varga@jak.ppke.hu

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Born in 1941; graduated at Pécs in law in 1965; education continued at the Faculté internationale pour l’Enseignement du Droit Comparé in sessions at Strasbourg (1968), Amsterdam (1969) & Perugia (1970); with scientific qualification CSc (1976) & DSc (1991) awarded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.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 research professor emeritus. 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 founding director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy in 1995, only to develope one of the most demanding curricula for teaching theoretical subjects of law in Europe. In honouring achievement, his Institute has been recognised as a “Place of Excellence” by the Hungarian Accreditation Committee (2006-) as the exclusive one in the country at a chair level.

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 fifty-one 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 Ońati (Guipuzkoa, Spain), by managing TEMPUS projects within the European Union PHARE program within the scheme of some thirty Western European university 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 TheoryRatio Juris as well as Legal Theory), as an associate to the International Academy of Comparative Law and as a contributor to both the Dictionnaire encyclopédique de théorie et de sociologie du droit (Paris/Brussels) and The Philosophy of Law An Encyclopedia (New York/London), he is honoured by professorship having visited Lund, Berlin, Brussels, Canberra, Edinburgh, Krasnoyarsk, Münster, Stockholm, Waseda/Tokyo, Yale/New Haven, as well as by frequent guest lecturing and conference participation.

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1979 or so
1979 or so.
How does it work?
How does it work?
With wife Ágnes.
With wife Ágnes.
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