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Harvard Law Grads Meet in Budapest

Harvard Law School Association of Europe will hold its annual reunion in Budapest from May 30-June 2.

“It is the first time that the Harvard Law School Association of Europe will host its annual reunion in Budapest. We expect around 150-200 high level Harvard alumni participants (lawyers, businessmen, academics, politicians) mainly from Europe,” Andrea Jádi Németh, one of the organizers, told the Budapest Business Journal.  

Events kick off on Thursday with an opening reception and dinner at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences from 7 p.m., featuring speeches by Salvo Arena, president of the HLSAE, Jádi Németh, president of Harvard Club Hungary, and István Stumpf, a member of Hungarian Constitutional Court.

Friday morning sees a Danube cruise to the ancient Hungarian royal seat of Visegrád, followed by lunch in the town with keynote speaker Dr. Dénes Kemény, the former coach of the Olympic, World and European Championship-winning Hungarian men’s water polo team.  

The evening promises a festive reception at The Museum of Fine Arts including a private guided visit of the temporary Michelangelo exhibition and a welcome address by Dr. László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice. It will also feature a musical performance by internationally renowned soprano Andrea Rost and prodigy cellist Aleksander Simic. The night is rounded off from 11 p.m. with a visit to the Szimpla Kert ruin pub.

Saturday starts gently with a guided tour of the Buda Castle area, before a private visit to the Hungarian Parliament at 1 p.m. for lunch and an academic session. The opening address will be given by László Palkovics, Minister for Technology and Innovation, with Prof. Christopher T. Bavitz of Harvard Law School (WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law and the managing director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society) delivering the keynote speech. That is followed by the annual meeting of the Harvard Law School Association of Europe.

The evening sees a gala dinner and dancing at the Kiscelli museum, and the presentation of the HLSAE award. Guest of honor will be the Hungarian actress and producer Andrea Osvárt, with an artistic performance by the Hungarian 100 Members Gipsy Orchestra  

Sunday starts with an optional visit to the historic Széchenyi Thermal Baths, followed by a farewell brunch at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest.  

Harvard is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States and is considered one of the most prestigious of its type in the world.