DSPVP04 Historical Research in Law

Faculty of Law
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
doc. JUDr. Bc. Jaromír Tauchen, Ph.D., LL.M. Eur.Int. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. JUDr. Bc. Jaromír Tauchen, Ph.D., LL.M. Eur.Int.
Department of the History of the State and Law – Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Zuzana Suchá
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to help students with processing their dissertation thesis (alternatively another expert outcome) if they find out (possibly in collaboration with a supervisor) that for the solution of their dissertation task it will be suitable, or rather necessary, to conduct a legal historical research and to study historical development in the examined area (often e. g. to find a teleological background of the examined institute). The effort may be directed straight to processing relevant legal historical chapter of the dissertation thesis, alternatively at least to a draft (an auxiliary text) which will not be fully incorporated into the final paper after all, however, it will help the postgraduate student to understand the solved topic correctly in its historical links and eventually, it will have an impact on processing high-quality individual chapters and on the conclusions contained in them. The particular specialization will be arranged individually. The purpose of the course is to familiarize postgraduate students with methods of conducting a research of legal historical sources of historical secondary literature, practice of courts and possibly primary sources. Alongside that, they will be alerted to methodological issues which they will have to deal with in particular historical periods. In case of an interest from the postgraduate student’s side, the guarantor of the course will provide the particular postgraduate student with individual consultation and methodological help.
Learning outcomes
After passing the course, the student will: - be knowledgeable in available secondary literature (considering the historical development in the Austrian one as well) and in collections of historical sources,
- be familiarized with available bibliographies, collections of historical practice of courts, collections of legal regulations and with their availability on-line,
- know how to cite historical practice of courts and legal regulations correctly (especially in older periods) in order to avoid common mistakes in citations (e. g. incorrect marking of sources of law, collections of publications etc.),
- know what precisely to focus on during the writing (considering that on the territory of the Czechoslovakia, there were more legal orders in force simultaneously – legal dualism),
- be able to eliminate historical inaccuracies in a text with the potential help of an individual consultation followed by a critical examination of a legal historical chapter by a guarantor of the course.
  • Research of legal historical secondary literature;
  • Legal historical bibliographies;
  • Work with historical practice of courts;
  • Citations of legal historical sources;
  • The most common mistakes during processing a qualification paper in legal historical point of view.
    required literature
  • TAUCHEN, Jaromír and Jan KAZDA. Bibliografie vybraných právnických časopisů a sborníků 1918–1989. Bibliographie ausgewählter tschechoslowakischer juristischer Zeitschriften, Festschriften und Sammelbände 1918-1989 (Bibliography of selected legal journals and collections of contributions 1918–1989). 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2013. Spisy Právnické fakulty MU č. 454 (řada teoretická, Edice S). ISBN 978-80-210-6454-6. online verze info
    recommended literature
  • http://alex.onb.ac.at/
  • digi.law.muni.cz
Teaching methods
Lectures, collective and individual consultations
Assessment methods
Individual consultations.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
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