Dr. Réka Varga


Amb. Dr. Réka Varga studied law at ELTE and Regensburg University, obtained her law degree at ELTE Faculty of Law. She received her PhD at Pázmány Péter Catholic University; her doctoral thesis examines the legal challenges of domestic prosecution of war crimes. Her main field of research includes international humanitarian law, international criminal law, law of treaties, immunity, international organizations.


She is associate professor of international law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. She was the legal adviser of the International Committee of the Red Cross between 2001 and 2009, then served as chief legal adviser of the President of the Hungarian Red Cross until 2016. Dr. Varga served as legal adviser and head of international law department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary from 2016 to 2019. Between 2019 and 2020 she was the Secretary General of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary. She is currently the chief legal adviser of the Ministry of Justice.


Dr. Varga is member of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, the International Institute for Humanitarian Law Sanremo, the Hungarian national group of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and (between 2019 and 2020) member of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. She is co-founder and co-director of the Vienna Course on International Law for Military Legal Advisers, organized by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and ESDC; co-editor, then member of the Editorial Board of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law.

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