Personal profile

Personal profile

Renata Uitz joined Royal Holloway, University of London in August 2023 as professor of law and government.

Previously, she taught comparative constitutional law at Central European University, Budapest and Vienna (September 2001 - August 2023) and served as the co-director of the newly established CEU Democracy Institute (February 2022 - August 2023).

Her major research interests lie in public law and comparative constitutional law, in transition to and from constitutional democracy, the protection of individual autonomy and religious liberty. Her current work focuses on illiberal constitutional practices and the normalization of illiberal constitutionalism around the world.

She was a co-PI in the Jean Monnet Network BRIDGE that explored how four intersecting crises (including Brexit and the rule of law crisis) shape the European Union. As a co-PI in the multidisciplinary research network investigating the origins and iterations of illiberal constitutionalism in East Central Europe, funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung (2021-25), her work traces the emergence of illiberal Christian democracy in the EU on the heels of domestic constitutional and policy changes. She is also a co-PI in a CIVICA project on Religion, Illiberal Constitutionalism and the Retrogression of Fundamental Rights in East Central Europe (ReLiCon). 

Her most recent book publication is the Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism, co-edited with Andras Sajo and Stephen Holmes (Routledge 2021). Her other recent books include The Constitution of Freedom: An Introduction to Legal Constitutionalism (OUP 2017) and the co-edited volume Critical Essays on Human Rights Criticism (Eleven 2020).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

comparative constitutional law, LL.M., Central European University


Award Date: 19 Jan 2031

law, Dr.iur. (summa cum laude), ELTE Eötvös Loránd University


Award Date: 19 Dec 2030

law, S.J.D. (summa cum laude), Central European University


Award Date: 20 Jan 2023

External positions

senior research fellow, Central European University, Democracy Institute

1 Aug 2023 → …


  • Comparative law
  • Public law
  • Jurisprudence