Curriculum Vitae of Dr. RÉKA VARGA

Secretary General

 

 

 

PERSONAL DATA

Date and place of birth:    1977, Budapest

Marital status:                     married with three children

Nationality:                           Hungarian

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

2013                Ph.D., Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

2007                Bar Exam

1998–2000      Universität Regensburg (Germany), legal studies

1995–2001      Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law (degree obtained in 2001)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019–              Secretary General, Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

2016–2019      Legal Adviser, Head of the International Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
                        of Hungary

2009–2016      international law adviser of the Director General, Hungarian Red Cross

2003–              lecturer (2003 – 2010), senior lecturer (2010 – 2014), associate professor (since 2014)
                        Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences,
                        Deparment of International Law

2001–2009      legal adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

2017–              member of the International Institute for Humanitarian Law Sanremo (IIHL)

2016–              member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC)

2016–              member of the Hungarian National Group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

2013–              co-editor, then member of the editorial board of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and
                        European Law (published by Eleven International Publishing, the Hague)

2010                expert report for FIDH/REDRESS on legislation and practices related to the universal jurisdiction
                        of Central European states

2009–2010      Hungarian contribution to the ICRC Customary International Humanitarian Law Study

2004–              co-director of the Vienna Course on International Law for Military Legal Advisers

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2017                Certificate of Merit awarded by the Deputy Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

2014                Herczegh Géza Memorial Certificate for her Ph.D. thesis titled “Challenges of Domestic
                        Prosecution of War Crimes with Special Attention to Criminal Justice Guarantees”

2012                “Award for Activities in International Cooperation” awarded by the Hungarian Red Cross

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

English            proficient

German           proficient

French             basic

 

MAIN FIELDS OF RESEARCH

  • international humanitarian law: domestic implementation, compliance with humanitarian law
  • international criminal law: prosecution of war crimes before national courts
  • state immunity

 

PUBLICATIONS

See Dr. Réka Varga’s list of publications on the official site of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: www.mtmt.hu

 

ACADEMIC LECTURES

over 90 lectures delivered before domestic and international professional audiences in the following topics: international humanitarian law, international criminal law, state immunity in international law, sexual violence in times of armed conflict

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