Agnieszka Bien-Kacala

Nicolaus Copernicus University

Prof. UMK, D. Litt. Agnieszka Bień-Kacała is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. She graduated in 1998. After graduation, she joined the Department as a Teaching Assistant. She continued her professional development at the Torun Bar Association and became a legal counsel in 2002. After two years she received her PhD and was hired as an Assistant Professor. She was awarded a D. Litt. degree (habilitation) based on of the Faculty Council's resolution of 10th December 2013. The publication of her monograph titled 'The Sources of Internal Law in the Constitution of 1997' initiated the awarding procedure. A year later the monograph was recognized as the best D. Litt. dissertation by the Chief of the Sejm Chancellery and the Editorial Board of the scientific journal The Sejm Review.

She is the author of more than 100 publications (monographs and papers) in the field of constitutional law. She has participated numerous international conferences.

She participated in research internships at the University of Athens (2002), the Charles University in Prague (2009), the Maastricht University (2016/2017) and the Pecs University (2017, Erasmus +).

Her research was supported by the International Visegrad Fund V4 (Standard Grant No. 21510444 „Security in V4 constitutions and political practices”) in 2015 and by the National Science Centre (OPUS 15, 2018/29/B/HS5/00232 “Illiberal constitutionalism in Poland and in Hungary”) in 2018.

She is a member of the editorial committee of The Constitutional Law Review - a national bi-monthly publication.

Joel Nichols

St Thomas University

Joel Nichols is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA). Dean Nichols joined St. Thomas in 2007, received tenure in 2009, and was promoted to Professor of Law in 2012. He was appointed Associate Dean on January 1, 2013. He is also a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Dean Nichols writes about the intersection of law and religion/theology – in family law, legal history, international human rights, First Amendment law, and more. His books include Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment, 4th ed. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016) (with John Witte, Jr.) and Marriage and Divorce in a Multicultural Context (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012). He has also authored more than two dozen publications, including articles in NYU Law Review, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Journal of Law and Religion, and Family Court Review, and book chapters with Cambridge University Press, InterVarsity Press, and Mohr Siebeck.

Dean Nichols holds degrees in both law (J.D., 2000) and theology (M.Div., 2000) from Emory University (Atlanta, GA), where he was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow in Law, recipient of the Herman Dooyeweerd Prize in Law and Religion, and M.Div. Honors Program Graduate. He holds a B.A. (1995) in English Interdisciplinary Studies from Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX). Before joining St. Thomas in 2007, he taught at Pepperdine Law School (Malibu, CA) for four years and served as a Rick J. Caruso Fellow in Law. He also previously clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida, and practiced complex civil litigation at a large law firm in Washington, D.C.

Pier Pigozzi

USFQ, Quito, Ecuador

Pier Paolo Pigozzi (1981) obtained his degree of law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in 2006. He obtained his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame Law School (2010) with a thesis on the Hierararchy of Human Rights Norms in International Law.  

Before starting his doctoral studies at Notre Dame (2012), he clerked for the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court (2009), and worked with refugees for four years in different capacities at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2008-2009) and at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2005-2008).

Since August 2015 he is professor of law at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where he teaches graduate and postgraduate courses on International Law, International Human Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. 

Currently, he also teaches postgraduate courses at Universidad de los Hemisferios (Quito, Ecuador). 

During the summer of 2018, he was the recipient of Max Planck Scholarship Armin von Bogdandy. He has taught at the Summer School of Università di Sienna and at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito, Ecuador) and presented his research on the Latin American Constitutional Tradition in several international conferences. He has also appeared before the Inter-American Human Rights System, both as a petitioner and as an expert witness to the Inter-American Court.

Varga Zs. András

The Constitutional Court of Hungary / member of the Venice Commission of the Coucil of Europe / Pázmány, Law

András Zs. VARGA (1968), professor of public law, pro-dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, justice of the Constitutional Court, member of the Venice Commission, author of many publications. Regarding his practical career, he started to work at the Public Prosecutor’s Office and at the Parliamentary Commissioners’ Office. Between 2000-2006 and 2010-2013 he was the Deputy Prosecutor General of Hungary. His main fields of research are constitutionalism and human rights, administration law and its forms of control. (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Schanda Balázs

The Constitutional Court of Hungary / Member of the European Consortium for Church and State Research and of the International Consortium of Law and Religion Studies / Pázmány, Law

Balázs Schanda earned his degree in Legal and Political Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He holds a licenciate in Canon Law, a Ph.D. and a habilitation in Legal Sciences. He is head of the Department of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. He lectures and publishes mainly in constitutional law, ecclesiastical law, religious freedom issues, and church-state relations. Since 2016 he is member of the Constitutional Court of Hungary.

Csink Lóránt

Pázmány, Law

Lóránt CSINK achieved his degree of law at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in 2003 where he was lecturer between 2003 and 2011. In his PhD thesis (2008) he focused on the separation of powers and the president’s role in parliamentary states.

He worked in numerous offices in the field of constitutional law; in the Parliament (from February till August 2005), the president’s office (from September 2005 till February 2006), the Constitutional Court (from March 2006 till June 2010) the Ministry of Administration and Justice (from July 2010 till December 2010) and for the Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (from April 2011 till December 2011) and the Ombudsman’s Office (from May 2012 till September 2018).

Since October 2018 he has worked for the Constitutional Court as a senior advisor. Besides, since 2011 he has been lecturer at the Constitutional Law Department of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, in September 2013 he was nominated to associate professor. In 2018 he received habilitation with his dissertation on separation of powers and constitutional adjudication.

He is the author of more than 100 publications (among them four books) in the field of constitutional law and comparative law. He has participated numerous international conferences and has been visiting lecturer in Quito (Ecuador), Chicago (United States) and Torun (Poland). He is the editor of national scientific journals (“Jogesetek Magyarázata”, “Iustum Aequum Salutare”) and member of the editorial board (“Kodifikátor”, “Alkotmánybírósági Szemle”).

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