SOC047 Legal History in the Middle European Area

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
JUDr. Ondřej Horák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Pavel Salák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Pavel Salák, Ph.D.
Department of the History of the State and Law - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of the History of the State and Law - Faculty of Law
Mon 25. 9. to Fri 22. 12. Thu 13:30–15:00 024
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 3/15, only registered: 0/15
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course deals with history of state and law in the Middle Europe. Its primary focus is the Czech Lands, but it is partially connected with the history of Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Austria and Germany. The first part of the course is deals with constitutional and political development, the other focuses on development of various legal branches as demonstrated on selected institutes (form of entering into marriage, usucaption, etc.)

At the end of the course students should be able to:
Understand the specifics of the history of state and law in the Middle-European area
Comprehend the reflection of political and social changes in the legal regulation
To orientate themselves in the problematics of the minorities in the Middle Europe
Analyse the legal regulation and its real functioning in the historical point of view
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to
- Summarize the historical development of legal order in Central Europe from medieval times to the 20th century
- Compare the congruences and differences in the legal development in Czech republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Germany
- Indentify the reasons of different political and legal development
  • 1. Basic Overview of Czech history from the Middle Ages to 21st Century
  • 2. Specifics of Law in the Middle Ages and during the Reformation
  • 3. Access of Habsburg Dynasty and Reforms of Maria Theresa and Joseph II.
  • 4. State and Law in 19th Century and WW1
  • 5. Independent Czechoslovakia 1918–1938, Munich Dictate
  • 6. WW2 and Time of Comunism
  • 7. Ownership from the Middle Ages to 21st Century
  • 8. Land Reforms and Antiaristocratic Regulation
  • 9. Nationalism and Minorities in 19th and 20th Century
  • 10. Family Law in 19th–21st Century
  • 11. Criminal Law in 19th–21st Century
  • 12. Private Law in 19th–21st Century
  • 13. Summary
  • KUKLÍK, Jan. Czech law in historical contexts. First edition. 239 stran. ISBN 9788024628608. info
Teaching methods
Interactive lecture – lecture with discussion
Assessment methods
Written test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018.
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