István Stumpf

István Stumpf

ISTVÁN STUMPF (Sárospatak, 1957) is a Professor of Constitutional Law and Governance at Széchenyi István University (Győr) and ELTE Law School. He graduated from Eötvös Loránd University receiving his degree in law and sociology, and a PhD in political science. He was a founder and Director of ELTE István Bibó Law College (1982–1998) and founder and President of Századvég Foundation (1991–2010). He also served as Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office between 1998 and 2002 in the first cabinet of Viktor Orbán. He was a member of the Constitutional Court of Hungary from July 2010 to July of 2019. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Social Science, Institute of Political Science, of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


“The complex relationships between law and politics have undergone quite remarkable changes over the past few decades. Commentators and researchers have been particularly alerted to the twin phenomena of the politicisation of law and the legalisation of politics. During periods of constitutional legislative effort, the correlation between law and politics


WHY DID HUNGARY NEED A NEW CONSTITUTION? The regime change from communism took place in terms of constitutional law via the modification of the old communist Constitution, that is the 20th Act of 1949, and by the adoption of a few cornerstone laws (like the Act on the Constitutional Court).