Pál Sonnevend

Pál Sonnevend

Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Law

Head of the European Human Rights LLM Program

Head of Department, Department of Public International Law


Dr. Pál Sonnevend is an expert of EU law and constitutional law, and he also has a remarkable experience in administrative law, energy law and international arbitration. He has been teaching EU law and international law since 1998 at Eötvös Loránd University Law School. Previously, he advised two consecutive presidents of Hungary, His Excellency Mr. Ferenc Mádl and His Excellency Mr. László Sólyom, in constitutional matters. In March 2013 he was appointed agent of Hungary before the International Court of Justice in the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros system of locks case.


Legal adviser and lter Head of Department, Department of Constitutional and Lefal Affairs, Office of the President of the Republic, 2000-2010

Adviser of the President and later of the former President of the Constitutional Court, 1997-2000



Dr. Jur., Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidlberg (2005, summa cum laude),

PhD, Eötvös Loránd Tudmányegyetem ÁJK (2005, by way of recognition of the Dr. Jur. title of Heidelberg)

LLM, Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidlberg (1997)

Max-Planck-Instutut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (1995-1997, 2000, 2002-2003, 2012, visiting fellow)


Email: sonnevend@ajk.elte.hu

Phone: 2548 ; 411-6532

Room: E. 124




Nagy Boldizsár, Sonnevend PáÉ Kein Asyl, keine Solidarität. Ungarns Asylrecht und Asylpolitik in 2015-2017 In: Péter Darák, Hanno Kube, Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Ekkehart Reimer (ed.) Freiheit und Verantwortung:: Verfassung und Menschenrechte im Wandel der Zeit in Ungarn und in Deutschland. 252 p.

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018. pp. 145-177.



Sonnevend Pál: Preserving the Acquis of Transformative Constitutionalism in Times of Constitutional Crisis: Lessons from the Hungarian Case In: Armin von Bogdandy et al (ed.) Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America: The Emergence of a New Ius Commune. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. pp. 123-149.



Armin von Bogdandy, Pál Sonnevend (eds.) Constitutional Crisis in the European Constitutional Area: Theory, Law and Politics in Hungary and Romania Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015. 365 p.



Sonnevend Pál, Jakab András, Csink Lóránt: The Constitution as an Instrument of Everyday Party Politics: The Basic Law of Hungary In: Armin von Bogdandy, Pál Sonnevend (eds.) Constitutional Crisis in the European Constitutional Area: Theory, Law and Politics in Hungary and Romania. 365 p.

Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015. pp. 33-111.



Sonnevend Pál: The role of international law in preserving constitutional values in Hungary: the case of Hungarian fundamental law and international law In: Zoltán Szente, Fanni Mandák, Zsuzsanna Fejes (eds.) Challenges and Pitfalls in the Recent Hungarian Constitutional Development: Discussing the New Fundamental Law of Hungary. 352 p. Paris: Éditions L'Harmattan, 2015. pp. 241-257.



Overview on the European Convention of Human Rights and The Institutional System and Practice of the European Social Charter

The Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights

The Right to Property and Related Economic Rights

Prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment