Prof. Máté Szabó


Prof. Máté Szabó

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Eötvös Loránd University

Duration of Stay:

Nov. 16 - 20, 2015


He is specialized in civil society, social movements and political protest and the theory of Western law and politics as well. He has published more than 300 scientific contributions in Hungarian, English, German and on several other languages. He is a regular participant at conferences on political science, law, and political sociology in Europe and around the world. He teaches political science and human rights.

He received his law degree at Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law in Budapest in 1980 and got a job as a journalist. From 1984, he worked at the Department of Political Science of Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Law.  In 1987, he defended his PhD. on social movements in Western Europe, and was awarded the degree ‘Doctor of Political Science on Social Movements in Hungary’ by the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1996.

He is a founding member of the Hungarian Political Science Association and the Hungarian Humboldt Association; furthermore, he is an active member of the Political Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Science and several international associations of sociology and political science. Member of the Presidency of the Hungarian Association of the United Nations.

Since 1980, he has carried out several research projects on various subjects of political and social science.

Between 1991 and 2007, he received several fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, Mainz and Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany.

He was a visiting fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, Wassenaar, in 1995. In 2000, he was a research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

He was elected Parliamentary Commissioner for Civil Rights by the Hungarian Parliament for six years(2007-13)

2014 visiting fellow at the Institute of Social and European Studies , Koszeg, Hungary

10.02-24.06.2015 guest professor at the Soochow University , Taipei, Department of Political Science , Human Rights Programme teaching an elected course “Human Rights defence by the European Institutions” and “ Sunflower protest-after one year: unintended consequences for constitutional reform and protest policing”.

Born in 1956 in Budapest, lives in Hungary.