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Tamas Gyorfi joined the Law School of Aberdeen University in 2009. Previously he taught at the University of Miskolc and the Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Budapest). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Miskolc and his LLB from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest).


Research Interests

His main teaching and research interests are in Legal Theory and Comparative Constitutional Law. He has published two books in Hungarian in these fields. (The Political Character of Judicial Review, 2001; The Perspectives of Contemporary Legal Positivism, 2006). For his public research profile click here.

Dr Gyorfi  is interested in supervising research students working in the following areas: Legal Theory (especially legal reasoning and the normativity of law), Public Law, Comparative Constitutional Law (especially constitutional judicial review, popular sovereignty), Human Rights (especially freedom of religion).

Current Research

His current research revolves around the justification of constitutional judicial review, constitutional interpretation and the "juridification" of human rights protection. He is particularly interested in the theoretical issues raised by the weak form of judicial review. His book on these topics, Against the New Constitutionalism, has been published by Edward Elgar Publishing. 


Tamas Gyorfi is a member of the CONREASON Project, dedicated to the comparative analysis of constitutional reasoning.

Research Grants

RSE International Exchange Programme - The judicial review of legislation: a comparative study of the United Kingdom and Finland (2013)


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Introduction to Legal Theory
  • Public Law and Human Rights
Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

  • MA Legal Studies coordinator
  • Web-coordinator
  • Advisor of studies
  • Course coordinator


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  • Győrfi, T 2019, 'The legitimacy of the European human rights regime: a view from the United Kingdom', Global Constitutionalism, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 123-156. [Online] DOI:
  • Gyorfi, T 2017, 'Is There a Fundamental Tension at the Heart of the Human Rights Act?', SSRN. [Online] DOI:
  • Gyorfi, T 2017, 'The Debate About the Justification of Constitutional Review: Six Theses', SSRN Electronic Journal. [Online] DOI:
  • Győrfi, T 2017, The Supreme Court (House of Lords) of the United Kingdom. in A Jakab, A Dyevre & G Itzcovich (eds), Comparative Constitutional Reasoning., 17, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 679-722. [Online] DOI:
  • Győrfi, T 2017, 'Why Is the Equal Merit Principle (Almost) Straightforwardly Wrong?', Modern Law Review, vol. 80, no. 6, pp. 1052-1072. [Online] DOI:
  • Gyorfi, T 2016, Against the New Constitutionalism. Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law series, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham. [Online] DOI:
  • Gyorfi, T 2015, 'Alan Paterson, Final Judgment: The last Law Lords and the Supreme Court', Edinburgh Law Review, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 289-291. [Online] DOI:
  • Gyorfi, T 2013, 'Between common law constitutionalism and procedural democracy', Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 317-338. [Online] DOI:
  • Gyorfi, T 2013, 'In Search of a First-person Plural, Second-best Theory of Constitutional Interpretation', German Law Journal , vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 1077-1107.
  • Gyorfi, T 2012, 'From Equal Treatment to the Prohibition of Arbitrariness: An Analysis of the General Right to Equality', Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 65-87. [Online] DOI:
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