Institute of Criminal Sciences

 Institute of Criminal Sciences


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Dr. Tünde Andrea Barabás CSc, Professor
Head of Institute

A lawyer and a criminologist, Dr. Barabás graduated from ELTE's Faculty of Law in 1988. In 1990, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Criminal Law Department of the University of Fribourg, supported by the Swiss Confederation Fellowship. In 2005 she won the research fellowship of the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg. In 2008 she won the Bolyai János Research Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to study the possibilities of extending the application of mediation and of regulating mediation in prison.
She is a founding member and the Vice-Chair of the Restorative Justice Section of the Hungarian Society of Criminology and Chair of the Section of Victimology.

She is the founding member of the Punishment Execution SubCommittee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and member of the Scientific Committee of the NUPS. Her fields of research include restorative justice, mediation, alternative solutions in criminal procedure, the reintegration of offenders, victims, and supporting victims.

Office: H-1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., Educational Building
Phone: (36) 1 432 9019/ 19301


The core activity of our Institute is to teach criminal sciences at the BA and MA levels, not only for the Faculty of Law Enforcement, but all Faculties in the frame of the ‘comprehensive module’. The courses delivered exclusively by our Institute are the following: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Criminology, and Public Administration Criminal Law.

The Institute consists of 3 departments:




Our teachers and professors take part in numerous scientific conferences both in Hungary and abroad. They often present their papers and publish the outcomes of their research in English. Many of our teachers have participated in English workshops organized by CEPOL. They are also actively engaged in Erasmus mobility activities, as we believe that the exchange of knowledge and best practices is crucial in terms of personal development. We have especially strong ties to Germany.We have also represented our University at the international conferences e.g. on the Criminology Symposium in Stockholm.

Our Institute organized a scientific conferencees in every year on the occasion of the Celebration of Hungarian Science. Another significant event was

We also help the students in their Students’ Scientific Association activities as general competitions are organised every six months. A large number of our students take part in the Scientific Students’ Association competition with great results.



Department of Criminal Law

Head of Department: Dr. Péter Polt PhD, Professor

Criminal law is a determinant and extremely significant branch of law in the system of criminal sciences. Students should acquire a comprehensive knowledge in order to understand the other fields of law enforcement and to obtain the theoretical and practical basics. In our BA program we aim for our students to obtain such theoretical and statutory law knowledge so that they are enabled to fulfil special law enforcement tasks, to observe legality and to be up to date with criminal legislation. In our MA programme we also have courses on international judicial cooperation.
We are continually updating our teaching materials according to the changes of the Criminal Code, and we also take part in the so called ‘mentor training’ of the Hungarian Police. The teachers in our Department carry out a lot of research and regularly give presentations at scientific conferences. Their special fields are in: the change of jurisdiction since the change of regime; criminal responsibility; ultima ratio and intention; and the changes in combating money laundering in Hungary and abroad.


Department of Criminal Procedure Law

Head of Department: Dr. Zsanett Fantoly PhD, Professor

    Our educational focus is on criminal procedure law, offering our students both the static part and the provisions (referring to investigation), as well as the rules of legal procedures from a dynamic perspective. We make use both of our case law archives and our textbooks, and through this students acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge during their studies. The students mentored by our Department are highly rated at the Students’ Scientific Association events both within the Faculty and at national conferences.
    The main domains of research and publication are: the efficiency of criminal procedure; penal negotiation systems; the legal person’s criminal responsibility; the constitutional problems of capital punishment; instrumental testimony verification; the attempt to prove a case; legal charge; the criminological examination of the efficiency of criminal procedures. The research results of the Department are published in monographs, textbooks, notes, auxiliary teaching materials, and research studies.


Department of Criminology

Head of Department: Dr. Tünde Andrea Barabás CSc, Professor

The principal courses taught by the Department are: general criminology in the BA program; the maltreatment of juveniles and seniors; the theory and practice of crime prevention; and the law enforcement management of drug problems in the MA program. Our teachers support the developing of a network of acting professionals at the police forces, the Prosecutor’s Offices, the National Institute of Criminology, and at civil organisations associated with law enforcement activities. They regularly participate in national and international conferences related to Criminology and organise conferences themselves. The students working at the Department regularly submit their papers to Students’ Scientific Association Conferences.
The main research fields are: crime prevention, criminal geography, fear of crime, victimology; the different type of crimes, restorative justice; the impact of the former political regime on crime; organised crime; terrorism, the criminology of juveniles; drug policy; the media and the police force; crime prevention; and research into the efficiency of drug strategies and law enforcement prevention.