School of Law and Politics

Dr Peter Cserne


Peter Cserne

Senior Lecturer
Research Director

Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5923
Office: 445 Wilberforce
Qualifications JD (Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest), MSc in Economics (Budapest University of Economics), LLM (Hamburg), PhD (Hamburg), FHEA


Peter Cserne joined the Law School in 2012 as senior lecturer. Previously, he was assistant professor at Tilburg Law School, The Netherlands and lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law in Budapest, Hungary. Graduate in both law and economics, he received his LLM (European Master in Law and Economics) and PhD at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Peter’s main research interests are jurisprudence, law and economics and contract law.

Peter has been visiting researcher at Columbia University (2007), Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg (2010), University of Oxford (2010), Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2015) and University of Toronto (2016). He has also taught as visiting professor at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin (2009) and Haim Striks School of Law, Israel (2011).

Professional activities

Selected Publications


Edited Books

Edited Special Issue

  • Cserne P (ed), ‘Special issue: Empirical Knowledge, Common Sense, and Legal Cognition. Theory and Practice of Legislation (2013) 1 Theory and Practice of Legislation

Chapters in Edited Collections

Articles in refereed journals

  • Cserne P, ‘Is Nudging Really Extra-Legal?’ (2016) 37 Toqueville Review
  • Cserne P and Szalai Á, ‘On the Necessity of Necessity: An Economic Analysis of Contracts Concluded in a Situation of Need’ (2010) 2 Silesian Journal of Legal Studies 11


Peter Cserne’s main research interests are jurisprudence, especially the relevance and limits of rational choice theory in understanding the nature of law; economic analysis of law, especially its philosophical and methodological foundations and the economics of contract law; and methodology of comparative law. He has also written on (Hungarian) constitutional law and intellectual history.

Peter is currently working on a monograph on the foundations of Law and Economics, under contract with Edward Elgar Publishing.

PhD Supervision

Dr Cserne would be interested in supervising research students on the following topics:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and economics
  • Philosophical, interdisciplinary, comparative and empirical analyses of private law

He is currently co-supervising a thesis on the use of economics in judicial reasoning and competition law.


  • Comparative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Introduction to Law and Economics (convenor)
  • Values and Law
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