Research institute run by Hungary’s judge in Strasbourg wound up

December 6, 2017

Then-Constitutional Court chief justice Péter Paczolay addressing the Parliament in 2011 | Photo: Barakonyi

A research institute run by former Constitutional Court chief justice Péter Paczolay, who served as Hungary’s ambassador to Rome, was been wound-up. Paczolay was recently nominated by the Hungarian government to sit on the European Court of Human Rights instead of a call for applications being issued.

Before taking up his post at the European Court of Human Rights, Paczolay was put in charge of the freshly-created research institute at the National University for Public Service (the government’s favorite university). reports that it appears the institute was given HUF 80 million (USD 300,000) in EU funds to operate a program from the beginning of 2017 through the end of 2018.

According to the online daily, the research institute’s research goals were to assess the challenges Italy confronted over the past 25 years. The institute was shut down in September, shortly after Paczolay received his appointment to the European Court of Human Rights, and has been out of commission since.

According to, another university researcher only learned the institute was closed after reading about it online. 160 Óra writes the university decided to shut down the institute instead of finding a new director to replace Paczolay.