Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Gyorgy Lissauer was brought up in Budapest and London. He began his undergraduate studies in European Legal Studies at the University of Kent at Canterbury, which included a year at the University of Amsterdam. He then moved to Oxford University to read for the one year B.C.L. before beginning research for an M.Phil. on Establishing United Nations Administered Territories: The Case of Kosovo and East Timor. His doctoral research is an expansion of the M.Phil. Thesis, analyzing the constitutional and international law dimensions of transitional administration of territories by the United Nations.