Publication of proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Law and Ideology

Dear participants of the 1st International Workshop on Law and Ideology (Wrocław, 29-30 May 2014)!

The proceedings of the Workshop shall be published in a special edition of the “Wrocław Review of Law, Administration and Economics”. It is a peer-reviewed journal, which is available in open access online. See website:

The editors of the special edition are now finalising the editorial review of 9 papers which have been submitted. Authors will be asked, if needed, to implement changes by the end of December. Thereupon the papers will be submitted to anonymous peer-review and, if positive, published in the “Wrocław Review” at the beginning of 2015.


Call for Papers | “25 YEARS AFTER THE TRANSFORMATION: Law and Legal Culture in Central and Eastern Europe Between Continuity and Discontinuity”

Brno-picture25 YEARS AFTER THE TRANSFORMATION: Law and Legal Culture in Central and Eastern Europe Between Continuity and Discontinuity

Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic), 16-17.4.2015
in cooperation with the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty in Wrocław


Deadline: 31 December 2014

Quarter of a century ago, at the turn of 1989 and 1990, Central and Eastern Europe – then known as the ‘Soviet bloc’ – experienced an unprecedented socio-economic and political transformation. The hitherto existing system, known as ‘Actually Existing Socialism’, crumbled, and countries of the region started a transition towards a capitalist market economy and a political democracy.

The aim of the conference is to focus on the socio-legal aspects of the transformation. Whilst some areas, such as lustration and transitional justice, have been already thoroughly researched, others such as the impact of transformation upon private law, procedural law or general administrative law still remain to be analysed in more detail. In particular, an aspect which is generally neglected in contemporary scholarship are so-called ‘legal survivals’ of the socialist period, that is those legal institutions which have not been removed after transformation but still remain in place. Furthermore, some scholars argue that there is a strong continuity in legal culture, such as attitudes of judges and scholars to legal interpretation or generally held views on the place of law in society. Our aim is to invite a broad outlook upon the socio-legal aspects of transformation, including the role of law in the transformation of social conciousness, the construction of collective identities and the framing of social dialogue.

Specific topics that we encourage speakers to explore include the following:

  • continuity of statehood both in domestic (constitutional) law and in international law (e.g. with regard to treaties, debts, etc.);
  • the impact of transformation upon legal culture (with a particular focus on the continuity of legal culture despite the political and socio-economic changes);
  • continuity of legal institutions introduced during the socialist period in various areas of the law (with a particular focus on the adaptation of those institutions to the new socio-economic and political order);
  • continuity and discontinuity of the judiciary and legal profession (with a focus not only on lustration, but also the system of appointment of judges, corporate culture of the judiciary and the legal profession);
  • continuity and discontinuity of legal education;
  • role of law in the transformation of collective identities.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Prof. Adam Czarnota, Director of Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law
  • Prof. Leszek Koczanowicz, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wrocław
  • Judge Prof. Zdeněk Kühn, Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic
  • Prof. Adam Sulikowski, University of Wrocław and University of Opole

  • Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to no later than by 31 December 2014.
  • The conveners will communicate the acceptance of abstracts by 15 January 2015. Participants will be expected to submit a preliminary draft of their paper (about 5,000 words) by 15 March 2015.
  • The conference fee will amount to € 100 (standard fee)/€ 50 (reduced fee for PhD candidates and postgraduate students) and will be payable by 15 March 2015.
  • Selected papers, following a peer-review process, will be published in book form with a reputable publisher. More details will be communicated at the conference.


Organising commitee:

Martin Škop (Masaryk University), Leszek Koczanowicz (University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty in Wrocław), Radim Polčák (Masaryk University), Rafał Mańko (University of Amsterdam), Markéta Klusoňová (Masaryk University)

Call for Streams: Law, Space and the Political (deadline: 31/3/2015)

CLC_logoThe next Critical Legal Conference will be hosted, for the first time in history, by a Central European academic institution – the University of Wrocław in south-western Poland (close to the Czech and German border, in the region of Lower Silesia).

The topic chosen by the hosts of CLC 2015 is LAW, SPACE AND THE POLITICAL. As always, the organisation of the CLC is two-staged. In the first stage, persons wishing to submit a stream must contact the organisers directly. The email is Streams may be submitted until 31 March 2015. Usually a stream is submitted by one or two academics. The streams should interpret in some way the main theme of the CLC.

At a second stage, scholars wishing to present papers must submit them directly to the stream organisers. A call for papers, announcing all the streams, will therefore be published on 15 April 2015, and there will be time until the end of May to submit individual papers.

Once the entire programme of the conference is put together, registration will open – on 15 June 2015. The organisers have already stressed that the fees will be much lower than last year, and special reductions will apply for PhD candidates and students. Furthermore, there will be an additional reduction for early registrations (until the end of June – during the first two weeks).

Official website of Critical Legal Conference 2015:

Official email of CLC 2015: