Center for Fundamental Rights

About US


Center for Fundamental Rights

About us

The Budapest-based Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ) is a Hungarian research institute dealing with legal analysis since 2013. The Center considers preserving national identity, sovereignty and Christian social traditions as its mission, especially amongst the 21st century’s heightened process of globalization, integration, geopolitical and technological changes, affecting the field of law as well. Besides these, it is a well-known aim of the Center to form a counter against today’s overgrown human rights-fundamentalism and political correctness that have been affecting numerous aspects of our everyday life. The research fields cover a wide scale of branches of law that are subject of public interest, from questions of classic constitutional law, through electoral systems to EU-law. It’s a common goal in all our different analyses and papers to find a healthy balance between individual rights and the interest of the society, while standing on the ground of common sense. Scientific activity is part of our daily life, various books and articles are published on a regular basis. Furthermore, it is to foster the development of individual talent. 

Our Team

Szánthó MIklós

Miklós SZÁNTHÓ

director

34 years of age, lawyer, the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights, Hungary. He has been a member of the board of the Center European Press and Media Foundation since 2018 and chairman of the board since 2019. He is the author of numerous Hungarian and foreign language legal and political publications, co-author and co-editor of various books. Married and the father of a daughter.

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István KOVÁCS

STRATEGIC DIRECTOR

34 years of age, a lawyer, strategic director of the Center for Fundamental Rights. He specializes in European Union law, the “constitutional rules” of the EU. Formerly a scholarship holder of the European Parliament and the US Government. Author, co-author of countless legal and political articles, studies and books. Married, father of two daughters.

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Péter TÖRCSI

research director

35 years of age, a lawyer, research director of the Center for Fundamental Rights. He regularly publishes in law ad political journal in Hungarian and English, is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, and is a co-author and co-editor of several books. 

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Dóra GULYÁS

PRESS OFFICER

Dóra GULYÁS, political scientist, press officer and event coordinator at the Center for Fundamental Rights. She studied at Corvinus University of Budapest, speaks English and German. Earlier, she was responsible for PR activities and representation of interests at the Association of Hungarian Brewers.

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Tamás FRICZ

senior research fellow

Tamás FRICZ. Political scientist PhD., economist and philosopher. Senior research fellow at the Center for Fundamental Rights. Associate Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of 15 books and about 100 studies.

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József HORVÁTH

SENIOR SECURITY ADVISOR

József HORVÁTH– Major General (ret.), political scientist, Senior Security Advisor for the Center for Fundamental Rights. Formerly Deputy Director of Operations of counterintelligence and military intelligence. He has been publishing regularly since 2017. His first book saw print in November 2019. He is married, father of a son.

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Alexandra KNOPF

lead analyst

Alexandra KNOPF, political scientist, lead analyst at the Center for Fundamental Rights. She earned her Bsc. and Msc. degrees at the Budapest based ELTE University. Earlier, she worked at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister. Her primary research fields are Hungarian internal affairs and the Hungarian political system.

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Balázs SZOLOMAYER

Analyst

Balázs SZOLOMAYER, political analyst. Between 2009 and 2014 he worked as an analyst at Nézőpont Intézet. From 2014 to 2020 he held various positions in government communications at the Prime Minister’s Office, and subsequently at the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister. His main areas of expertise are Hungarian internal affairs and the party system.

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Attila KOVÁCS

PROJECT LEADER

Attila KOVACS, economist, project leader at the Center for Fundamental Rights. His main research field is the big-data based analysis of the legislation and decision-making of the European Union, with special focus on the European Parliament. Previously, he worked in the public and academic sector, and held a senior research fellow position at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is an Associate Professor and is the co-author of several English and Hungarian articles. Father of a son and a daughter.

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Orsolya KURUCZ

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research department

Orsolya KURUCZ, political scientist, deputy head of the EU research department of the Center for Fundamental Rights. She specializes in EU economic, financial and budget affairs, migration and the rule of law. Previously she gathered her experience in EU affairs as a political advisor and later as a head of an EU department within the Prime Minister’s Office. She is married, mother of one daughter. 

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Eszter PÁRKÁNYI

ANALYST

Eszter PÁRKÁNYI. Lawyer. Analyst at the Center for Fundamental Rights. She studied at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the Budapest based ELTE University. As a student she worked as an intern at the European Parliament. Her fields of expertise include the political and legal developments of the EU, Brexit and life protection.

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Zoltán KOSKOVICS

ANALYST

Zoltán Koskovics, interpreter and translator. Geopolitical analyst for the Center for Fundamental Rights. He focuses his research on the domestic and foreign policies of the United States and Russia as well as great power competition. Several of his articles have been published in Hungarian periodicals and online. Married, the father of a boy and a girl. Twitter: @KoskovicsZ