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Established in 2019, the Institute is named after Ferenc Mádl, an academic, an emblematic figure of Hungarian comparative law, an internationally renowned lawyer and President of the Hungarian Republic. During the establishment Ferenc Mádl Institute for Comparative Law (MFI), existing comparative law institutes in other countries served as an important model, in particular the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law which operates under the Federal Ministry of Justice; the Hellenic Institute of International and Foreign Law; and, in some respects, the Max Planck Institute. Beyond the foreign examples, it was also emphasized during the establishment of the MFI that the Institute should also reflect Hungarian national priorities and characteristics both in terms of its spirit, its tasks and its personal and infrastructure capacity.

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Functions

The Institute shall carry out the following tasks in order to further improve the quality of domestic legislation, increase its international standing and reputation, examine the legislation’s enter into force, support domestic legal research and education, and promote international legal relationships and cooperation:

Carries out comparative international legal researches

in order to develop jurisprudence and it develops proposals for domestic legislation.

Advancing legal science

through research, analyses and publishing activities

Organizes scientific conferences

and other professional events.

Collaborates with similar research institutes and scientific workshops

and has extensive international relations. 

The Central European Professors’ Network

initiated and coordinated by the MFI, was established to achieve a closely cooperating international professional network in the comparative law field.

Prepares policy analyses

and publishes successful exemplary legislative solutions.

Contributes

to the tasks of the Minister of Justice

Within the framework of the MFI Internship Programme,
doctoral students studying in the field of comparative law can apply forour internship program to participate.  

The Central European Journal of Comparative Law and its issues, published by the Institute, can be viewed here.

NEWS

The application and interpretation of fundamental rights
in civil cases

Phd students and young researcers are invited to participate in an online conference related to the research projecton „Interpretation of Fundamental Rights in Europe” carried out wih in the framework of the Central European Professors’ Network coordinated by the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law, with the Hungarian Association for Comparative Law and the Central European Association for Comparative Law.

For further details please click here.

Interpretation of fundamental rights in Europe

The conference titled ‘Interpretation of fundamental rights in Europe’ is organised as part of Central European Professors’ Network 2021.

The issue of fundamental rights is crucial for Europe in the 21st century, in particular in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the event the main issue will be the application of fundamental rights in constitutional courts of seven European countries (Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

Protection of family in the legal system

 

The conference titled ‘Protection of family in the legal system’ is organised as part of Central European Professors’ Network 2021.
The conference aims to provide comprehensive and up-to-date insight into the issue of the legal protection of families in the Central European region.

The issue of family protection is crucial for Europe in the 21st century.
Country experts all over the region present their research results on different issues in connection with family law.

At the event there will be several key issues.

 

The impact of digital platforms and social media on freedom of expression and pluralism – the viewpoints of young scientists

The issue of digitalisation and addressing its possible disadvantages from a legal viewpoint are crucial for Europe in the 21st century.
The main aim of this event is to enable young researchers to present their research results.

The conference is organised as a dissemination event of Bartłomiej Oręziak (the member of the research group titled The Impact of Digital Platforms and Social Media on Freedom of Expression and Pluralism).

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Censorship in social networks and fake news in social networks

An Oxford debate titled ‘Censorship in social networks and fake news in social networks’ is organised as part of Central European Professors’ Network 2021.

The issue of digitalisation and addressing its possible disadvantages from a legal viewpoint are crucial for Europe in the 21st century.

The main aim of the event is to enable young researchers to present different visions regarding (…)

Religious symbols in public sphere in the legal orders of
Central and Eastern European countries

The issue of freedom of conscience and religion is crucial for Europe in the 21st century.

At the event there will be two key issues:

  • freedom of conscience and religion relating to the possibility of manifesting one’s beliefs through religious symbols;
  • case law on the issue.

For further details please click here.

The Impact of Digital Platforms and Social Media
on General Terms

 

The Professors’ Network, with the active participation of experts from seven different countries organises events with the primary aim to draw attention of the European citizens to the topics which are important and significant in connection with the future of Europe, in particular of Central Europe.

The issue of digitalisation and addressing its possible disadvantages from a legal viewpoint are crucial for Europe in the 21st century.

At the event there will be two key issues.

Polish marriage law in the context of social changes and evolution of law in Europe

The lecture will be delivered and discussion hosted by
hab. prof. UAM and prof. INP PAN Marek Andrzejewski

Date of the lecture
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

The webinar is an event organised as a part of the project Central European Professors’ Network coordinated by the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law in Budapest.

For more details please click here.

 

Family law Consequences of the Same-sex Union

 

Speaker: Professor Dr. Gordana Kovaček Stanić
Place of the event: Institute for European Studies, Belgrade
Format of the event: Weblecture – Zoom
Date of the event: 17 May 2021, 12.00

The main reason for choosing this theme is recent Serbian Draft on same-sex union. Regulation of the same-sex union differs in European countries. There are three main concepts.
For further details please click here.

 

MFI Internship Programme

The Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law calls for applications for participating in its Internship Programme

Would you like to take part in the unique Central European English-language internship programme, and be one of the first participants in the new programme launching in September 2021?

Get to know the possibilities and details of the long-term internship programme offered by the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law (MFI), and be one of the seven scholarship interns selected for the programme starting this autumn!

The impact of digital platforms and social media on freedom
of expression and pluralism

 

Speaker: Dr. Dušan V. Popović, professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law
(Member of the Central European Professors’ Network 2021)

Date of the webinar: Tuesday, 27 April 2021 from 11.00 to 11.45 AM

The webinar started by exploring the foundations of freedom of speech on the Internet, the concept of ‘speech’ and the concept of social networks as a public forum.

For further details please click here.

COFOLA 2021 (Conference For Lawyers)
Cohabitation in European Context

Lecture of Prof. JUDr. Zdeňka Králíčková, Ph.D.
(Member of the Central European Professors’ Network 2021)

Date of the Conference: 23.04.2021., 10.00

Language: English

Form of section: on-line conference (MS Teams or zoom)

The main aim of this conference is to give the floor to the doctoral students and young scientists at their early stage of career and enable them to present the results of their scientific activities.”

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An international doctoral conference with the title „Saving families – saving values” was organized at the 26th of March  2021. The webinar was organized by the Central European Professors’ Network coordinated by the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law (Hungary, Budapest); by the University of Miskolc, Faculty of Law, Institution of Private Law, Department of Civil Law; by the Hungarian Scientific Academy Miskolc Regional Committee of the Private Law Scientific Working Committee; and by the Central-European Comparative Law Association.

The summary of the webinar conference can be found here.

Religious symbols in the public sphere
and the secularity of the state

The presenter was the assistant professor dr. Dalibor Đukic and he presented the results of the research conducted under the support of the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law within the Central European Professors’ Network.

The online lecture was held on Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 pm as a part of the master programme of the University of Belgrade “Religion in society, culture and European integration”.

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“NEGATIVE MEINUNGSFREIHEIT”? – Reaction to falsifying history by using the phrase ‘Polish death camps’ in media.

The issue of legal reaction to the falsifying of history by using the expression “Polish concentration camps” in mass media in light of the judgement of 22.12.2016. of the court of appeals in Kraków, BGH Beschluss von 19.07.2018. and the opinion of the ECJ advocate general of 23.02.2021

Lecture of Dr. hab. Piotr Mostowik, Prof. UJ.
(Member of the Central European Professors’ Network 2021)

The summary of the lecture can be found here.

Interpretation of Human Rights in the Judiciary of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic

Lecture of doc. JUDr. Katarína Šmigová (member of the Central European Professors’ Network 2021, ‘Interpretation of fundamental rights in Europe’ research team) and Rastislav Kaššak

The lecture was given online and organised by Pan European University, Slovakia, within the Central European Professors´ Network coordinated by the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law, Hungary.

JUDr. Rastislav Kaššák, PhD., a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic gave his lecture on 11 March 2021 on Interpretation of Human Rights in the Judiciary of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic in relation to the material core of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic.

The summary and the video of the webinar lecture can be found here

Central European Professors’ Network

The Central European Professors’ Network started its international comparative law research activity on January 1, 2021, under the coordination of the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law.

The Professors’ Network, with the active participation of seven countries (Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia) and 34 main researchers, organises comprehensive international scientific activities in four research groups. The main frame issues are: „ Interpretation of fundamental rights in Europe”, “Family protection in law”, Freedom of conscience and religion in Europe” and The impact of digital platforms and social media on freedom of expression and pluralism”. The primary aim of the initiative is to create and organise a Central European professional network through  closer partnership.

The partial and final results of the cooperation, which will run until 31 December 2021, will be made available by each research team on various professional platforms, including conferences, and in the form of publications (scientific articles and books summarizing research results).

 

On the 9th of December, 2020 the 2nd issue of the Institute’s scientific journal, called Central European Journal of Comparative Law was published, which can be viewed here.

The Ministry of Justice and the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law co-organised the conference, called The Dialogue on the Future of Europe: How to Build a More Effective End Genuinely Strong Union which was held on 21 September 2020 in the Delegation Hall of the Parliament. 

In addition to dr. Judit Varga, Minister of Justice, and Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission, several jurists, and internationally recognized political experts took part in the dialogue. Due to unusual circumstances, the conference was held in hybrid form, partly online, and was available live on the Internet.

The detailed program of the conference can be found here.

Summary report of the conference can be found here

The lectures of the panels can be viewed here

The second conference of the Central European Regional Rural Law Conference series, launched by CEDR-HAAL (Hungarian Association of Agricultural Law), was hold on 17 September, 2020 in the form of a webinarium with the support of Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law. The webinarium was based on two topics, on one hand, on the transfer of holdings between generations and the succession of agricultural holding/land, on the other hand, on land acquisition by legal persons.

After the opening ceremony ten presenters introduced the regulation of their own country in connection with the given topics – Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Spain and Hungary.

The detailed programme of the conference can be found here.

Some of the presentations can be found here

 

The Conference in Memory of Itsván Szászy, scheduled for spring but postponed for unfortunate reasons, was held on 16 September 2020 in the Reading Room of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Under unusual circumstances,observing the epidemiological regulations, we were able to listen to lectures of highly qualified law professors, which presented some details of the work of István Szászy.

On July 20, 2020, Dr. habil. János Ede Szilágyi, head of the institute, took part in an official visit with dr. Judit Varga, the Minister of Justice,  in Warsaw, as part of which he signed a scientific cooperation agreement with the Warsaw Institute of Justice.

The purpose of the agreement is to conduct future joint legal research, to assist in the interpretation of the legal systems of the two countries and to support each other in other areas of research.

Photo made by: Guerini-Temesi Melinda /IM

On June 25, 2020, the Ferenc Mádl Institute for Comparative Law and the Ministry of Justice co-organized an online conference, called Keynote discussion on launching the Conference on the Future of Europe. The topic was the expectations of the series of conferences on the future of the EU, with special emphasis on the expectations of the Member States.

Synapsis and summary report of the online conference can be found here

The video of the first panel can be found here.

ferenc mádl

Scholar, university professor of law, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Minister without portfolio and later Minister of Culture and Public Education in the first two conservative cabinets between 1990-1994. President of Hungary between 2000-2005.

Mádl Ferenc Institute of Comparative Law

address: 1123 Budapest, Alkotás Street 55-61.
e-mail: mfi@mfi.gov.hu
phone: +36 (1) 795-2006
mailing address: 1525 Budapest, Pf. 79.