Dr Péter Cserne

Senior Lecturer and Law Research Lead

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 465923

Péter Cserne joined the University of Hull in 2012 as Senior Lecturer in Law. He received his PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and held appointments in Budapest, Hungary, and Tilburg, Netherlands.

A specialist in legal theory, law and economics, and contract law, Péter has been visiting researcher at Columbia University, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, University of Oxford, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Institute for Legal Studies and the University of Toronto.


Research Interests

  • Legal theory, especially the relevance and limits of rational choice theory in understanding the nature of law
  • Law and economics, especially its philosophical and methodological foundations
  • Private law and theory, especially contract law from comparative and philosophical perspectives
  • Intellectual history, especially Max Weber and Central European legal and political thought

Research groups


Cserne P, Közgazdaságtan és Jogfilozófia: Rendszertelen Attekintés a Jog Gazdasági Elemzésének Elméleti és Módszertani Alapjairól (On the Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of the Economic Analysis of Law), Hungary: Gondolat (2015)

Cserne P, Freedom of Contract and Paternalism: Prospects and Limits of an Economic Approach, Palgrave Macmillan (2012)

Larouche P and Cserne P (eds), National Legal Systems and Globalisation: New Role, Continuing Relevance, Asser and Springer (2013)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Law in the Headlines
  • Contract Law
  • Introduction to Law and Economics (convenor)
  • Systems of Justice

Research PhDs

Peter would be interested in supervising research students on the following topics: jurisprudence, law and economics, philosophical, interdisciplinary, comparative and empirical analyses of private law.

Completed PhDs

  • Jan Broulík, University of Tilburg, Economics in Legal Decision-Making (2017).

Current supervision

  • David Bull: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Standard Form Contracts in Business Transactions (supervisor since Aug 2017, co-supervisor: Catherine Mitchell, University of Birmingham)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Lawyer (doctor iuris), Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
  • MSc in Economics, Budapest University of Economic Sciences
  • LLM European Master in Law and Economics, University of Hamburg
  • PhD, University of Hamburg Dr. habil., University of Debrecen
  • Dr. habil., University of Debrecen

External roles

  • Extramural fellow of Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC)
  • Initiator and convenor of MetaLawEcon, an international research network on the philosophical and methodological foundations of law and economics
  • Co-founder and member of the Advisory Board of Central and Eastern European Forum for Legal, Political and Social Theorists
  • Co-editor of book series Central and Eastern European Forum for Legal, Political and Social Theory Yearbook (Peter Lang)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Economics Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship (Springer)
  • Member of Advisory Board, On Ethics and Economics (Rowman & Littlefield International)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Hungarian Journal of Legal Studies – Acta Juridica Hungarica