Eszter Hartay

Legal Advisor
Budapest, Hungary (The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law)

Eszter is a Hungarian lawyer working as a Legal Advisor of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL). She is specializing in issues related to CSO legal framework, public benefit status, social enterprises and all aspects of the cooperation between the state and CSOs.  Through conducting comparative research and providing in person assistance she has gained in depth knowledge of models and mechanisms of CSO-government cooperation on the national and local level, legal issues pertaining to citizen participation and state funding for civil society, with particular focus to civil society funds. She has participated in several research assignments on topics such as public funding, public benefit status, social economy and transparency and accountability. More recently, Ms Hartay has been actively involved in the ongoing legislative initiatives affecting CSOs in Hungary. She has participated in negotiations with competent government officials, elaborated concrete proposals for the regulations and provided expert comments on several draft laws, including the Law on Public Participation in the Preparation of Legal Regulations, the Law on the Freedom of Association, and the Operation and Support of CSOs, the Governmental Decree on Management of CSOs, donations and the public benefit status and the Civil Code.

Prior to joining ECNL, Ms Hartay worked for a law firm and among others gained experience in the establishment and permanent representation of business associations and CSOs. Ms Hartay passed her bar exam as an attorney in 2009. She also holds a Master Degree in law from the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. Already during her studies at the Law Faculty, she became engaged in the activities of ECNL through an internship program and conducted a research on the legal framework for donations. She was also involved in the Nonprofit Legal Clinic program of the university, within the framework of which she studied the legal background of the nonprofit sector and provided legal aid to CSOs.

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