Welcome to the website of the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law!

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.



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.

Organizes scientific conferences

and other professional events.

Collaborates with similar research institutes and scientific workshops

and has extensive international relations. 

Advancing legal science

through research, analyses and publishing activities

Prepares policy analyses

and publishes successful exemplary legislative solutions.


to the tasks of the Minister of Justice

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



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.

The lectures of the seconf panel 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.

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.