Departmental Coffee House - May 12, 2017

June 6, 2017

On May 12, 2017 the Department of Legal Studies organized its 3rd annual Departmental Coffee House where students, faculty and alumni met to share their experiences in and after CEU. After the opening remarks of Professor Tibor Varady, Professor Emeritus, Professor Renata Uitz, Chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law program, chaired and moderated the meeting. During the Coffee House three alumni gave retrospection on student life in CEU and presentation on their careers after graduation from CEU.


Oleksiy Kononov (IBL SJD, 2010) is currently a consultant with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH working on the implementation of U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine – Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme. In 2013 - 2015 he was an Assistant Professor at the College of Business, University of Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman. He was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012. In 2011-2012 he held an Assistant Professor of Law position at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oleksiy's main fields of academic interest are foreign direct investment and public policy, economic transition and legal reforms, investment dispute resolution, international commercial arbitration, comparative company law, business law.


Margarita Galstyan (HR LLM 2013) is working as a Project Manager at the Council of Europe. She works on a project on criminal justice reforms in the Republic of Moldova, focusing on reforms of Prosecution service, Ombudsperson institution and eradication of ill-treatment and impunity. Before working at the Council of Europe she held position at the Armenia’s Ministry of Justice, OSCE Yerevan Office and UNDP Armenia as a legal expert.


Jakub Gren (CCL 2013) works as a Legal Analyst at the European Central Bank and is currently finalizing his PhD studies at the University of Luxembourg. His PhD research project analyzes the organisation and operation of new EU administrative capacities in banking supervision (Single Supervisory Mechanism). He graduated at Comparative Constitutional Law program in 2013, and made his thesis research on ‘The impact of the global financial crisis on central banks independence and mandate’. Jakub’s fields of interest are political and legal aspects of central banking and banking supervision, Banking Union, post-crisis EU economic governance and EU institutional law. He published in Journal of Common Market StudiesJournal of Contemporary European Research and Studia Diplomatica.


The Department of Legal Studies hereby expresses its thankfulness to all alumni, students and faculty who contributed to the success of this event. We honestly hope that next year more and more of our students will decide to return to share their stories with the new generation.