Dr. Kriszta Kovács

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kriszta.kovacs [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
E 105
Research Fellow of the Research Professorship


September 2021-

Senior Research Fellow "Science Friction: Patterns, Causes and Effects of Academic Freedom Contestations" Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)"

September 2019-August 2021

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

January 2018-August 2019

Senior Researcher, Center for Global Constitutionalism
Managing Editor, Global Constitutionalism (Cambridge Journal)

Since 2013 -

Associate Professor, Department of Human Rights and Politics (between 2015-2016 Vice-Dean) ELTE University Faculty of Social Sciences, Budapest


Co-President, Joint Council on Constitutional Justice, Venice Commission


Postdoc Research Fellow, Project ‘Constitutional Politics in Post-Westphalian Europe’, University of Trento


Adviser (as of 2007 Senior Adviser), Constitutional Court of Hungary/Liaison Officer, Joint Council on Constitutional Justice, Venice Commission, Council of Europe


Bucerius School on Global Governance, Hamburg


Visiting Research Fellow, Columbia University Law School, Human Rights Institute, NY


Legal Clerkship in London (Interights, Cloisters Chambers) and in Budapest (Human Rights Information and Documentation Centre)


Founding Program Coordinator, Central European University Human Rights MA Program/Research Associate, Constitutional and Legislative Policy Institute, Budapest 

Selected Publications

Kovács, Kriszta (2023): "Identities, the Jurisprudence of Particularism and Possible Constitutional Challenges-An Introduction." In Kriszta Kovács (Ed.): The Jurisprudence of Particularism: National Identity Claims in Central Europe. Oxford: Hart, 1-30.

Baer, Susanne/Kovács, Kriszta/Vogel, Maya (2023): "Constitutionalism Today: The Prospects of the European Constitutional Community." In Kriszta Kovács (Ed.): The Jurisprudence of Particularism: National Identity Claims in Central Europe. Oxford: Hart, 187-208.

Kovács, Kriszta (2023): "Reconceptualising Constitutional Identity: The Case of Hungary." In Kriszta Kovács (Ed.): The Jurisprudence of Particularism: National Identity Claims in Central Europe. Oxford: Hart, 149-170.

Kovács, Kriszta ed. (2023): The Jurisprudence of Particularism: National Identity Claims in Central Europe. Oxford: Hart.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2023): "Review of András Sajó, Ruling by Cheating: Governance in Illiberal Democracy." International Journal of Constitutional Law, 20(5), 2074-2079.

Kovács, Kriszta (2023): "Facing the Shadows of the Past during Transitions." In Cheng-Yi Huang (Ed.): Constitutionalizing Transitional Justice: How Constitutions and Constitutional Courts Deal with Past Atrocity. London: Routledge, Chapter 2.

Kovács, Kriszta (2022): "In the Hands of a Populist Authoritarian." In Vladislava Stojanova/Stijn Smet (Eds.): Migrants' Rights, Populism and Legal Resilience in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Chapter 8.

Kovács, Kriszta (2022): "Constitutional or ethnocultural? National identity as a European legal concept" Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics 8(1), 170-190.

Kovács, Kriszta (2022): "The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Pretext for Expanding Power." In Joelle Grogan/Alice Donald (Eds.): Routledge Handbook of Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic. London: Routledge, Chapter 21.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2021): "Od niedoskonałej demokracji do niekompletnej autokracji (From an Imperfect Democracy to an Incomplete Autocracy)". In Adam Czarnota/Michał Paździora/Michał Stambulski (Eds.): Nowy Konstytucjonalizm. Polityczność, tożsamość, sfera publiczna (New Constitutionalism. Politics, Identity, Public Sphere) Warsaw: Scholar, 175-207.

Kovács, Kriszta (2020): "People, Sovereignty and Citizenship: The Ethnonational Populists' Constitutional Vocabulary" Statelessness & Citizenship Review, Vol. 2 No. 2, 389-394.

Kovács, Kriszta (2020): "Parliamentary Democracy by Default. Applying the European Convention on Human Rights to Presidential Elections and Referendums" Jus Cogens - A Critical Journal of Philosophy of Law and Politics, Vol. 2 No. 3, 1-22.

Kovács, Kriszta (2020): "Democracy in Lockdown" Social Research. An International Quarterly, In Time of Plague: The History and Lethal Consequences of Epidemic Disease, Vol. 87 No. 2 (Summer 2020)

Kovács, Kriszta (2020): "Constitutional Continuity Disrupted". In: Margit Feischmidt/Balázs Majtényi (Eds.): The Rise of Populist Nationalism. Budapest-New York, CEU Press, 11-43.

Kovács, Kriszta/Scheppele, Kim Lane (2019): "The Fragility of an Independent Judiciary: lessons from Hungary and Poland -- and the European Union". In Peter H. Solomon/Kaja Gadowska (Eds.): Legal Change in Post-Communist States. Progress, Reversions, Explanations. Stuttgart, ibidem, 2019, 55-96.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2019): “The Age of Constitutional Barbarism” VerfassungsBlog, 2019/9/7.

Wiener, Antje/Dunoff, L Jeffrey/Havercroft, Jonathan/Kumm, Mattias/Kovács, Kriszta (2019): "Global Constitutionalism as agora: Interdisciplinary encounters, cultural recognition and global diversity" Global Constitutionalism 8:1, 1-11.

Kovács, Kriszta (2019): "Can the European Union Save the Independent Judges?" LawLog, January 2019

Kovács, Kriszta/Kumm, Mattias/Steinbeis, Max/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2018): “Introduction: Constitutional Resilience and the German Grundgesetz” VerfassungsBlog, 2018/12/6.

Kovács, Kriszta/Scheppele, Kim Lane (2018): "The fragility of an independent judiciary: Lessons from Hungary and Poland - and the European Union" Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol 51, No 3, 189-200.

Kovács, Kriszta (2018): “Changing Constitutional Identity via Amendment”. In Paul Blokker (Ed.): Constitutional Acceleration within the European Union and Beyond,Routledge, 2018, 199-217.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2018): “Standing on Stilts: Philosophical Interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights”. In: Iulia Motoc/Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque/Krzysztof Wojtyczek (Eds.): New Developments in Constitutional Law. Essays in honour of Andras Sajó, Eleven, 2018, 239-258.

Kovács, Kriszta/Scheppele, Kim Lane (2017): “Hungary’s Post-Socialist Administrative Law Regimes” in Comparative Administrative Law, eds. Susan-Rose Ackerman, Peter L. Lindseth, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017. 119-136. (Research Handbooks in Comparative Law series)

Kovács, Kriszta (2017): “State of Exception: Springtime for the Schmittian Thoughts?” Diritto & questioni pubblicheVol 17, 2017/2, 163-182.

Kovács, Kriszta (2017): “The Rise of Ethnocultural Constitutional Identity in the Jurisprudence of the East Central European Courts,” German Law JournalVol 18, No 7, 2017, 1703-1720.

Kovács, Kriszta/Blokker, Paul (2015): “Unilateral Expansionism: Hungarian Citizenship and Franchise Politics and their Effects on the Hungarian-Romanian Relations”. In Dimitry Kochenov/Elena Basheska (Eds.): Good Neighbourliness in the European Legal Context, Brill/Nijhoff, Leiden, 2015, 136-159.

Kovács, Kriszta/Körtvélyesi, Zsolt/Nagy, Aliz (2015): “Margins of Nationality. External Ethnic Citizenship and Non-Discrimination” in Perspectives on Federalism Vol 7, (1)2015, 85-116.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2013): “Aufstieg und Krise. Wirkung der deutschen Verfassungsgerichtsbarkeit auf Ungarn”, in Politik des Verfassungsrechts, Hg. Boulanger, Kranenpohl, Wrase, Nomos, Berlin, 2013, 308-332.

Kovács, Kriszta (2012): “Equality. The Missing Link”. In Gábor Attila Tóth (Ed.): Constitution for a Disunited Nation. On Hungary’s 2011 Fundamental Law, Budapest-New York, CEU Press, 2012, 171-195.

Kovács, Kriszta/Tóth, Gábor Attila (2011): “Hungary’s Constitutional Transformation”, 2011 European Constitutional Law Review 7, 183-203.