András Sajó

University Professor
Special Note: 
On academic leave, AY 2023-24

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Budapest, Nador u. 9, Monument Building

Andras Sajo is a former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2009-17). He is a University Professor at CEU. Professor Sajo was the founding dean of Legal Studies at CEU. In addition to his stature as a prominent constitutionalist, he is also a distinguished scholar in the human rights field, including media regulation.
Professor Sajo has been extensively involved in legal drafting throughout Eastern Europe. In addition, he participated and/or advised in drafting the Ukrainian, Georgian, and South African constitutions.
He served as Counsel to the President of the Republic of Hungary (1991-1992) and chaired the Media Codification Committee of the Hungarian Government (1994). He also was the principal draftsman of the Environment Code for the Hungarian Parliament (1991-1992), as well as the founder and speaker of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the National Deregulation Board of Hungary.
He is a member of the American Law Institute (1997) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1995).
His employments: 2008- Judge, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg; 1992-2008 Professor, Chair, Comparative Constitutional Law Programs, Central European University, Budapest, Legal Studies Department; 1991-;  fellow, 1983-1988 Senior Fellow, 1989-2008 Scientific Counselor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies; 1989-90 Deputy Chairman, National Deregulation Board of Hungary; 1988-89 Member, Constitution Drafting Committee, Hungary; 1984-99 Professor of Law, School of Economics, Budapest; 1979-84 Associate Professor of Comparative and International Business Law, School of Economics, Budapest.
Visiting Professor: University of Toronto (1999); Guest Lecturer, Columbia University, N.Y. Colloquium on Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe (with Professor Louis Henkin) & Religious Human Rights course at Columbia's Human Rights Program (1996, 1991, 1990); University of Chicago Law School (1993, 1996); 1991- Recurrent Visiting Professor, Cardozo Law School New York (1991-2006); Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School (1991). Global Professor of Law, NYU Law School (from 1996 recurrent visiting professorship), Visiting Professor, Catholic University, Lisbon (2018)Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School (2019), Guest Professor, Bocconi University (Milano) (2020)
He also held many positions in public service: Chair, Broadcasting Drafting Commission, Hungary (1994); Consultant, World Bank (1993-1994, 1992, 1990); Consultant Environmental Policy & Management, World Bank Project in Russia (1991-1992); Consultant, United Nations Development Program (1989), Consultancies to ODIHR (2019-)
He is also member of the Association Internationale de Droit Économique; Internationale Vereinigung für Rechtsphilosophie;.International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Industrial Democracy; Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (Founder and past Speaker).
In 1986, he received the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Book Award, in 1993, The Blackstone Lecture at Oxford University.He holds Honorary Doctorates from the European University Institute (Firenze) and Ilia State University (Tbilisi).


1982, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1977, Ph.D. Legal Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
1972, Doctor Juris, Eötvös Loránd School of Law, Budapest

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