Dr. Kriszta Kovács

© Martina Sander-Blanck


+49 30 25491 542
kriszta.kovacs [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
E 109
Research Fellow of the Research Professorship


Since September 2019

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Center for Global Constitutionalism

January 2018-August 2019

Senior Researcher, Center for Global Constitutionalism
Managing Editor, Global Constitutionalism (Cambridge Journal)

Since 2013 (on research leave as of January 2018)

Associate Professor, UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Program Director, International Human Rights Postgraduate Program, from June 2015 to September 2016 Vice-Dean of the ELTE University Faculty of Social Sciences, Budapest


Co-President, Joint Council on Constitutional Justice, Venice Commission


Postdoc Research Fellow, Project ‘Constitutional Politics in Post-Westphalian Europe’, University of Trento


Adviser (as of 2007 Senior Adviser), Constitutional Court of Hungary/Liaison Officer, Joint Council on Constitutional Justice, Venice Commission, Council of Europe


Bucerius School on Global Governance, Hamburg


Visiting Research Fellow, Columbia University Law School, Human Rights Institute, NY


Legal Clerkship in London (Interights, Cloisters Chambers) and in Budapest (Human Rights Information and Documentation Centre)


Founding Program Coordinator, Central European University Human Rights MA Program/Research Associate, Constitutional and Legislative Policy Institute, Budapest 

Selected Publications

Kriszta, Kovács (2020): "Constitutional Continuity Disrupted". In: Margit Feischmidt/Balázs Majtényi (Eds.): The Rise of Populist Nationalism. Budapest/New York, NY: CEU Press, S. 11-43.

Kovács, Kriszta/Scheppele, Kim Lane (2019): "The Fragility of an Independent Judiciary: lessons from Hungary and Poland -- and the European Union" in Legal Change in Post-Communist States. Progress, Reversions, Explanations, eds. Peter H. Solomon, Kaja Gadowska, ibidem, Stuttgart, 2019, 55-96.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2019): “The Age of Constitutional Barbarism” VerfassungsBlog, 2019/9/7.

Wiener, Antje/Dunoff, L Jeffrey/Havercroft, Jonathan/Kumm, Mattias/Kovács, Kriszta (2019): "Global Constitutionalism as agora: Interdisciplinary encounters, cultural recognition and global diversity" Global Constitutionalism 8:1, 1-11.

Kovács, Kriszta (2019): "Can the European Union Save the Independent Judges?" LawLog, January 2019

Kovács, Kriszta (2018): "Das Ringen um Demokratie. Wie die EU die unabhängige Justiz in Polen und Ungarn retten will" (Translated by Jasmin Rauch) WZB Mitteilungen, 2018/12, 74-75. 

Kovács, Kriszta/Kumm, Mattias/Steinbeis, Max/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2018): “Introduction: Constitutional Resilience and the German Grundgesetz” VerfassungsBlog, 2018/12/6.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2018): "Stând pe picioroange: interpretări folisofice ale Convenţiei Europene a Drepturilor Omului" in Preeminenţa Dreptului şi Controlul de Constituţionalitate Între Tradiţie şi Modernitate, Curtea Constituţională a României, Curtea Constituţională a Republicii Moldova, Bucureşti, Editura Hamangiu, 2018, 153-166.

Kovács, Kriszta/Scheppele, Kim Lane (2018): "The fragility of an independent judiciary: Lessons from Hungary and Poland - and the European Union" Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol 51, No 3, 189-200.

Kovács Kriszta (2018): "Human Rights Practice Review: Hungary", East European Yearbook on Human Rights (EEYHR) 2018/1.

Kovács, Kriszta (2018): “Changing Constitutional Identity via Amendment” in Constitutional Acceleration within the European Union and Beyond,ed. Paul Blokker, Routledge, 2018, 199-217.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2018): “Standing on Stilts: Philosophical Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights” in New Developments in Constitutional Law. Essays in honour of Andras Sajó, eds. Iulia Motoc, Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, Krzysztof Wojtyczek, Eleven, 2018, 239-258.

Kovács, Kriszta/Scheppele, Kim Lane (2017): “Hungary’s Post-Socialist Administrative Law Regimes” in Comparative Administrative Law, eds. Susan-Rose Ackerman, Peter L. Lindseth, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017. 119-136. (Research Handbooks in Comparative Law series)

Kovács, Kriszta (2017): “State of Exception: Springtime for the Schmittian Thoughts?” Diritto & questioni pubblicheVol 17, 2017/2, 163-182.

Kovács, Kriszta (2017): “The Rise of Ethnocultural Constitutional Identity in the Jurisprudence of the East Central European Courts,” German Law JournalVol 18, No 7, 2017, 1703-1720.

Kovács, Kriszta (2017): “Why Do We Need International Legal Standards for Constitutional Referendums?” VerfassungsBlog, 2017/7/20.

Kovács, Kriszta (2016): “Access to Justice. Migration Cases before the Constitutional Court of Hungary”, Venice Commission Report, CDL-JU(2016)005, 27 July 2016

Kovács, Kriszta (2016): “Hungary’s Struggle: In a Permanent State of Exception” VerfassungsBlog, 2016/3/17.

Kovács, Kriszta/Blokker, Paul (2015): “Unilateral Expansionism: Hungarian Citizenship and Franchise Politics and their Effects on the Hungarian-Romanian Relations” in Good Neighbourliness in the European Legal Context, eds. Dimitry Kochenov, Elena Basheska, Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden, 2015, 136-159.

Kovács, Kriszta (2015): “Do we need blasphemy laws to protect religious faiths?” Venice Commission Report CDL-JU(2015)012, 12 June 2015

Kovács, Kriszta/Körtvélyesi, Zsolt/Nagy, Aliz (2015): “Margins of Nationality. External Ethnic Citizenship and Non-Discrimination” in Perspectives on Federalism Vol 7, (1)2015, 85-116.

Kovács, Kriszta (2014): “After the economic crisis – In a state of exception?” Venice Commission Report CDL-JU(2014)013, 8 July 2014

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2013): “Aufstieg und Krise. Wirkung der deutschen Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit auf Ungarn”, in Politik des Verfassungsrechts, Hg. Boulanger, Kranenpohl, Wrase, Nomos, Berlin, 2013, 308-332.

Kovács, Kriszta (2013): “Keeping the Guardian under Control. The Case of Hungary”, Venice Commission Report CDL-JU(2013)006, 25 July 2013

Kovács, Kriszta (2012): “Equality. The Missing Link”, in Constitution for a Disunited Nation. On Hungary’s 2011 Fundamental Law, ed. Gábor Attila Tóth, CEU Press, Budapest-New York, 2012, 171-195.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2011): “Hungary’s Constitutional Transformation”, 2011 European Constitutional Law Review 7, 183-203.

Kovács, Kriszta (2011): “Cooperative Decision-making. The Relation between Hungary and Strasbourg”, International Constitutional Law Journal Vol 5, (2)2011, 188-199.

Kovács, Kriszta (2011): “The anonymity requirement in publishing court decisions”, Venice Commission Report CDL-JU(2011)010, 21 July 2011.

Kovács, Kriszta (2008): “Think Positive, Preferential Treatment in Hungary”, Fundamentum – The Hungarian Human Rights Quarterly Vol 12, No 4 (2008), 46-63.

Kovács, Krisztina/Balogh, Zsolt/Térey, Vilmos (2006): “Nationalbericht. Kommunikationsgrundrechte”, in Fundamental Rights in Europe and North America – Hungary, ed. Albrecht Weber, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden–Boston, 2006) B I 119-185.

Kovács, Krisztina/Balogh, Zsolt/Térey, Vilmos (2006): “Nationalbericht. Gleichheitsrechte”, in Fundamental Rights in Europe and North America – Hungary, ed. Albrecht Weber, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden–Boston, 2006) B III 1-72.

© Martina Sander-Blanck


+49 30 25491 542
kriszta.kovacs [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
E 109
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Supra-Nat MSCA Project

Kriszta Kovács is Principle Investigator of the Supra-Nat MSCA Project at the Center for Global Constitutionalism. Read more about the project here.