SOC016 General Theory of Law

Faculty of Law
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miloš Večeřa, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Mgr. Martin Škop, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Martin Hapla, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. JUDr. PhDr. Miloš Večeřa, CSc.
Department of Legal Theory - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Legal Theory - Faculty of Law
Mon 24. 2. to Fri 22. 5. Wed 16:00–17:40 040
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Main objectives can be summarized as follows: to give the set of knowledge that is necessary for the study of the branch of legal subjects; to master general legal terminology and the apprehension of legal thinking. The basic set of lectures will be aimed at the basic legal concepts and the system of law.
  • 1. Defining law, system of law, system of legal sciences 2. Sources of law 3. Legal norm - definition, structure 4. Legal norm - system, features 5. Interpretation of law - methods, techniques 6. Realization of legal norms, defining legal relation 7. Prerequisites of legal relations - legal facts 8. Subjects and objects in legal relations 9. Authoritative application of law 10. Legal responsibility 11. Relation between state and law: defining legal state doctrine 12. Law and society, law as social regulative system
    required literature
  • KELSEN, Hans. Pure theory of law. Translated by Max Knight. 4th print. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. x, 356. ISBN 9781584775782. info
    recommended literature
  • HART, Herbert Lionel Adalphus. The concept of law [Clarendon Press, 1994]. Edited by Penelope A. Bulloch - Joseph Raz. 2. ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994. xii, 315 s. ISBN 0-19-876122-8. info
  • KELSEN, Hans. General theory of law and state. 2. print. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1949. xxxiii, 51. info
  • RAZ, Joseph. Practical reason and norms. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. 220 s. ISBN 0198268343. info
  • DWORKIN, Ronald M. Taking rights seriously. 3. print. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1977. xv, 295 s. ISBN 0-674-86710-6. info
Teaching methods
lectures with discussion
Assessment methods
Essay and written test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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