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Dr. Péter Paczolay (1956)

Dr. Paczolay was elected Judge of the Constitutional Court by Parliament in February 2006, he entered into office on 24 February 2006.

He was Vice-President of the Constitutional Court from March 2007 to July 2008.
The plenary session of the Constitutional Court elected him President on 4 July 2008 for three years. On 4 July 2011 the Hungarian Parliament – for the period of his mandate as Constitutional Judge – elected him as President of the Court.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in 1980. From 1980 to 1983 he worked as legal advisor. From 1983 to 1990 he lectured at the Department of the Philosophy of Law, from 1990 to 2005 at the Department of Political Sciences at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

Since 1992 he has been Head of Department of Political Sciences at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of József Attila University of Szeged (at present University of Szeged). Between 1994 and 1998 he was Vice-Dean of the Faculty.

From 1st January 1990 he worked as chief counsellor at the Constitutional Court, from November 1996 as Secretary-General of the Constitutional Court. From August 2000 he was Deputy Head, from August 2005 Head of the Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary. In 2002 he was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Salzburg). From 2001 to 2005 he represented Hungary as substitute member, since 2005 as member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. Since December 2009 until 2011 he was Vice President of the Venice Commission. Since March 2010 he has been member of the panel of the Court of Justice of the European Union that gives opinion on canditate countries. By virtue of law – as he is President of the Constitutional Court – he is member of the Hungarian Holy Crown Committee.

He obtained his candidate’s degree in 1989, he qualified as a university lecturer in 1999. He was been granted full professorship in 2000. In 1991-92 he was research fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, D. C. His main fields of research are: theory of the state, comparative constitutional law and history of political theories.

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