Charity collection for mothers’ home

On the 18th of May the PR and Marketing Section of Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary visited the Lorántffy Zsuzsanna Mothers’ Home in the city of Miskolc to hand out the donations collected by the community of our university within the framework of the Reformed Volunteer Days of the Carpathian Basin.

Cyril O’Regan: Modernity and the Gnostic Thesis

Cyril O’Regan, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, will give a lecture in English at the Faculty of Humanities (H-1088 Budapest, Reviczky street 4., room 104) under the title ‘Modernity and the Gnostic Thesis’ on 24 May 2017, at 14:00.


Our team of three law students has returned from Vienna where they represented the University in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot („the Moot”). This year, 290 law schools participated in the Moot from 62 countries. The competition commenced in October – the writing phase of the Moot was over in January, and the oral hearings took place in Vienna in the spring, the week before Easter. Our students succesfully handled the challenges during the four simulation hearings that they participated in, each lasting for 1,5-2 hours before panels of three international commercial arbitrators. Our opponents were the University of Miami from the United States, the Russian Academy of Justice from Moscow, the famous Brooklyn Law School from America, and the Law Society of Ireland. The subject matter and procedure of the competition is placed in the fifth-year course „The Law of International Economic Relations” in the law curriculum (international sales law and international commercial arbitration).

The week-long oral phase of the Moot was made even more colorful by professional and social events. The Moot commenced as the The 2013 Károli Pre-Moot Sessions, organized by the Faculty of Law, came to an end.

The Faculty was represented by Marianna Balogh, Balázs Szvetlov and Balázs Timár, all full-time students of law in their fourth or fifth year of legal studies. Coaching, which lasted during the entire academic year, was provided by associate professors Dr. Gábor Palásti (Department of European Law and International Law) and Dr. Ádám Boóc (Department of Civil Law and Roman Law). During the stay in Vienna, additional professional instructions were offered by associate professor Dr. Anikó Grad-Gyenge, deputy head of the Department of Civil Law and Roman Law.

While hereby congratulating the participants to the Moot, we also express out thanks to the University and Faculty for the financial, administrative and professional support.
Dr. Gábor Palásti, associate professor, Department of European Law and International Law

International Moot Court Competition and Student Conference on the Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church

The Faculty of Law of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church hosted an international competition designed for law students, called a moot court, between 18-20 March 2013. The language of the moot court, which was called "The 2013 Károli Pre-Moot Sessions" was English. Competing teams came from the University of Oxford, Northwestern University from Chicago, Centre for Transnational Legal Studies from London, the Pontifical Catholic University, Sao Paolo, from Brazil, and the host Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church. However, the students’ countries of origin displayed an even more colorful picture, since the teams from The United Kingdom and The United States had students from China, Korea, Canada and Germany.

“It was our pleasure to host the foreign students. We were proud to see that law students visited us from such distant locations as Brazil or the United States, representing such renowned universities world-wide as the University of Oxford” – said Dr. Péter Antalóczy, dean of the Faculty of Law.

The three-day event was completed with an international student conference, where students from participating countries described their own systems of legal higher education. The comparison of the different models of legal higher education (American, Brazilian, UK and Hungarian) provided an opportunity to come to interesting conclusions regarding the contents of the law curriculum, its duration, admission requirements, tuition or the employment opportunities of fresh law graduates. The system that appeared to be the closest to the Hungarian one was from Brazil, where legal higher education is also a five-year undivided degree program based upon civil law traditions.

Additional social programs – such as an opening reception, sightseeing, museum visit, spa-experience, wine tasting with lecture – made the Pre-Moot even more enjoyable.

Dr. Gábor Palásti, associate professor, chief organizer of The 2013 Károli Pre-Moot Sessions

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Report on the Dictionary Day (3 October 2012)

Report on the Dictionary Day (3 October 2012)

It was the eighth time that the so-called Dictionary Day had been organised by the Dictionary Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The event was held at Károli Gáspár University on 3 October 2012. This occasion was special not only because the Awards for the Best Dictionaries of the Year were distributed, but also because Tamás Magay, who is well known for his being the chief editor of the László Országh bilingual dictionaries, but is as yet little known as the founder of the English Department at our University, received an official laudation as well.

    The idea of the Dictionary Day is the direct product of the Change of Regime in1990. The change, brought about by the new regime, had both many advantages and disadvantages. After that time, the edition of dictionaries ceased to be a centralized process. This meant that every publishing house could come up with dictionaries and publish them without any difficulties. The new dictionaries―with either outward or inward innovations, attractive blurbs, favourable prices, however, were not always accompanied by appropriate and acceptable quality. Therefore, on the initiative of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences the Dictionary Day was created, so that attention could be directed to the importance of quality, of learning languages and becoming more conscious of our mother tongue. This occasion also provided the opportunity to officially appreciate the work of the most excellent Hungarian dictionary editors of the year.
    As it had already become a tradition, the day was started with a huge book fair in the University’s Hall where such prominent Hungarian Publishing Houses like Grimm Publishing House, Akadémiai Publishing House and TINTA Publishing House exhibited and advertised their different editions, providing an excellent opportunity for those interested to update their home library with new dictionaries and language books.
    This year the Award for the Best Dictionaries of the Year was given by Professor Ferenc Kiefer who rewarded the publications of four editors. Among the honoured, the name of Regina Hessky for the bilingual German-Hungarian Dictionary for Children, of Katalin Márkus and Eszter Magay for their English-Hungarian bilingual Dictionary, of Ervin Székely for his Portugese-Hungarian bilingual Dictionary, and finally of Zoltán Kövecses whose English-Hungarian Idioms Dictionary was highly praised should be mentioned. 
    The bestowing of the awards was followed by the official laudation of Tamás Magay, whose 55 years’ jubilee of being a dictionary editor was celebrated. He was praised for his incredible, indefatigable and versatile contribution to English-Hungarian lexicography. While Dr Dóra Pődör, the head of the Department of English Linguistics at Károli Gáspár University, praised the academic achievements and the personal qualities of Professor Magay, emphasising his contribution to the establishment of the English Department, László Borbás, the company director of Grimm Publishing House, highlighted the lexicographic merits of Professor Magay, calling him “the Michael Schumacher of English-Hungarian Lexicography”. Finally, Tibor Pintér talked about the ‘Festschrift’ entitled Szavak pásztora (The Shepherd of Words), which was to symbolise the respect and gratitude for the energetic work and achievements Professor Magay managed to carry out in the field of lexicography.
    After the introductory part of the day, the more practical side of the event followed in the form of three lectures on certain aspects of lexicography and related areas.
    Zita Hollós introduced and popularized the EMLex program which is an excellent opportunity for MA students interested in lexicography not only to deepen their knowledge in this field but also to visit different universities within Europe and to gain an insight into the actual creation process of dictionaries. She was followed by Ágota Fóris whose presentation dealt with the use and necessity of terminology in modern life, and introduced shortly what terminology is about and how it could be used in several spheres of life. The event was closed with the thought-provoking lecture of Ottó Pecsuk who elaborated on the difficulties concerning the translation of the proper names in the Bible; the Hungarian forms of these names are to be standardised among the denominations.
    In short, the event of the Dictionary Day shed light upon the competition concerning dictionary publishing. The meeting also highlighted and showed great appreciation for the―in the most cases―“invisible” amount of work that is behind a published volume.  Moreover, through some examples the problems and modern attempts made in the field of lexicography were also shown.

Written by

                            Viktória Hesz and Amandine Agboca
                                 MA students in English Studies


Education and Culture DG Lifelong Learning Programme


The Department of Labour Law and Social Security of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Budapest) participates as vocational partner in the Implementation of the Lisbon Strategy (Europe 2020), 2nd edition (EU)” Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP), a course lasting seven months.
Sub-topics of the program are: human resource management (HR and felxibility), labour law, economic growth (the role of SMEs); CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), social security (pensions).
Five students of law represent the Károli Gáspár University in this programme: Alexandra Espár, Éva Mercédesz Konta, Emese Lehoczky, Róbert Muzsalyi and Liliána Urbán. The mentors of this students are associate professors Dr. Attila Kun and Dr. Árpád Homicskó

European Universities participating in the program:

Kaunas College Lithuania;
Plantijn Hogeschool van de Provincie Antwerpen Belgium;
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen Germany;
Universitat de Girona Spain;
Oulun Seudun Ammattikorkeakoulu Finland;
Juridische Hogeschool Tilburg Avans-Fontys Netherlands.

As closing of the program the participants attend a two-week course in Oulu.
The program is sponsored by the European Union.