Katalin Sulyok (PhD)


Katalin Sulyok (PhD)

Dr Katalin Sulyok is Assistant Professor in Environmental Law and International Law at ELTE Law School. She holds a summa cum laude law degree from ELTE Law School and a Bachelor's degree in Biology. In 2016 she obtained an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. She earned her PhD in International Law in 2018, and her habilitation in 2024. Her main research areas include environmental adjudication, science-law interface, inter-generational equity, causation in law, human rights-based protection of the environment, and climate litigation.

Dr Sulyok is teaching the main lecture course on Environmental Law, combining domestic, EU law and international law aspects, and also teaching classes on Public International Law, EU Law, and Climate Law. In 2024, she was appointed as Visiting Professor in International Climate Law at University of Vienna. Since 2014 she has been Chief of Staff and later as Chief Legal Advisor at the Office of the Ombudsman for Future Generations.

Dr. Sulyok is the chair of the Climate Crisis Working Group of ENNHRI, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. She has been legal advisor to ENNHRI, which intervened in the KlimaSeniorinnen and the Duarte climate litigation cases before the European Court of Human Rights. She is also involved in domestic climate litigation cases. 

Her PhD dissertation was awarded the Pro Dissertatione Iuridica Excellentissima Prize by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Henry Wheaton Prize given by the Institut de Droit International. Her dissertation will be published by Cambridge University Press as a monograph entitled „Science and Judicial Reasoning: The Legitimacy of International Environmental Adjudication” in 2020. Dr Sulyok has published widely in leading international journals, including the Leiden Journal of International Law and Transnational Environmental Law, and a regular speaker at international conferences regarding subjects related to environmental law and climate law. She was a Visiting Leibniz Fellow in the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Center and the C-EENRG Center at Cambridge University, as well as at Aarhus University, Graz University and Sorbonne University.

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