Balázs Tárnok


Balázs Tárnok obtained his legal degree in 2015 at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Budapest. In the 2012/13 academic year, he studied European and international law with Erasmus scholarship at Radboud University Faculty of Law, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Balázs is also a Translator Specialized in Law, he gained his LL.M. degree at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Deák Ferenc School of Postgraduate Studies in 2018. Balázs defended his doctoral (Ph.D.) thesis in November 2020.

Since 2016, Balázs has been a legal advisor at Dr. Sobor Law Firm, where he assisted in the court proceedings of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on National Minority Regions at the Court of Justice of the European Union. Since 2017, he has been a legal expert at Rákóczi Association (Rákóczi Szövetség), coordinating the Hungarian signature collection campaign of the Minority SafePack ECI. Since 2018, he has been working at State Secretariat for the European Union Relations of the Prime Minister’s Office. Until the end of 2020, he also worked as an international advisor at International Directorate of Ludovika-University of Public Service.

Since 2018, Balázs is the Vice-President of the Rákóczi Association (Rákóczi Szövetség), one of the biggest culture-oriented Hungarian civil society organizations. As an external expert, he was nominated as a candidate for the 2019 European elections by the Party of the Hungarian Community in Slovakia.

Since January 2020, Balázs is an associate researcher at EUstrat – European Strategy Research Institute of Ludovika-University of Public Service. Balázs’s research at EUstrat focuses on the law of the EU, participatory democracy, European Citizens’ Initiative, the protection and promotion of the rights and interests of national minorities in the EU, and citizen interest representation.

Balázs joined the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame as a Post-Graduate Visiting Research Fellow of the Hungary Foundation in January 2021. The focus of his research will be the citizen interest representation in the European Union and the United States with special focus on the cases related to the human rights of ethnic Hungarians living beyond the borders of Hungary.

EUSTRAT publications:

Hungary’s seven theses on the future of Europe

European Commission: Ukraine must respect the rights of national minorities

EP committee demanding action of the European Commission on the Beneš Decrees

The European Commission turned its back on national and linguistic minorities

Hungarian Government cuts political ties with Commissioner Jourová

Slovakia Still Applying the Beneš Decrees – Principle of Collective Guilt in the European Union

Impact of the Coronavirus on ECI Procedures – Will the Commission Extend Deadlines?


Ukraine Is Fighting the Wrong War

Minority Rights – Ukraine’s Gateway to the West

Widening the gap between the EU and its citizens - On the European Commission’s decision rejecting the Minority SafePack Initiative

European Citizens’ Initiatives for the Protection and Promotion of Rights and Interests of National Minorities - Latest Developments

Ukrainian-Hungarian relations throughout the years - How to move forward (co-author: Lyudmyla Filyuk)

The Szekler National Council's European Citizens' Initiative

European Citizens' Initiatives for the Protection of National Minorities (co-author: Péter Varga)

European Minorities Win a Battle in Luxembourg - The Judgement of the General Court in the Case Minority SafePack European Citizens' Initiative