Magdi Birtha

Research Team Leader


PhD in Law, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland) 

MA in Sociology, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences (Budapest, Hungary)


Hungarian (mother tongue), English, French, German


Phone: +43 1 319 45 05-34


Rights of persons with disabilities, transition from institutional to community-based care and support services, social inclusion of vulnerable groups, human rights approach in long-term care, quality in social services 


Birtha, M. (2020). Implementation of Article 19 CRPD in Hungary. In: Johnson, K. & Kakoullis, E. (Eds.), Recognising rights in different cultural contexts: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Birtha, M. (2020). How to put reasonable accommodation into practice? Handbook on success stories to fight discrimination of persons with disabilities in the workplace. Brussels: European Commission.

Zólyomi, E. & Birtha, M. (2020). Towards inclusive employment of persons with disabilities: A comparative study of six social economy organisations and companies in Europe. Vienna: European Centre.

Sandu, V. & Birtha, M. (2020). Mapping promising social services and policy measures to support the independnet living of older people: Literature review: Definitions, models and dimensions of good practices. Vienna: European Centre.

Birtha, M., Rodrigues, R., Zólyomi, E., Sandu, V. & Schulmann, K. (2019). From disability rights towards a rights-based approach to long-term care in Europe: Building an index of rights-based policies for older people. Vienna: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.

Kozma, Á., Petri, G., Balogh, A. & Birtha, M. (2016). The role of EU funding in deinstitutionalisation (DI) in Hungary and the experiences of the DI programme so far. Report for Open Society Foundation.

Birtha, M. (2014). A chance to pioneer or a lost opportunity?: Monitoring disability rights effectively and independently in the EU in line with Article 33 of the UN CRPD. In: European Yearbook of Disability Law, Volume 5, Intersentia.

Birtha, M. (2013). Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us – case study on the disability movement’s involvement in policy-making in Zambia, In: African Disability Rights Yearbook, University of Pretoria.

Birtha, M. (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Rapporteur of the Work Forum on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the EU and the Member States organised by the European Commission.