The Centre for Parliamentary Research (based on the István Széchenyi University of Győr) regularly commemorates the constituent session of the first free elected parliament on the 2nd of May with an annual event. This year, the National University of the Public Service (NUPS) and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church (KGURC) co-organize the Conferene on the topic Legislatures and Law in Europe.

The conference is in English, with simultaneous translation into Hungarian on the first day.

Legislation neither begins nor ends in Parliament, and parliaments are not merely legislative organs. But the most important parliamentary function is legislation, and the most important and democratic phase of legislation takes place in parliament. The conference highlight this interconnection: it looks to the historical origins of parliament as legislatures and their current activities in lawmaking. Legislatures with rich traditions nowadays often face with new challenges including lack of information or time pressure by political agendas. Legislation is often unable to meet new challenges like new technologies or increasing number of administrative tasks.

Proposals should be submitted by 15 March, 2019 via e-mail to

Each submission should include an abstract of the proposed presentation of no more than 500 words and a short CV, both in English.

Accepted participants will be notified by 25 March; they will then have to submit a full conference paper by April 26. Papers should be no shorter than 25.000 and no longer than 50,000 characters (footnotes included). The conveners intend to seek publication of all conference papers in an international law journal.

More information here.