The Czech and Slovak departments of administrative law merged a session with a scientific conference

Conference Cooperation

The event focused on the significance of the work of Czechoslovak administrative and constitutional law professor Jiří Hoetzel.

On April 11th and 12th, the Joint Czech-Slovak Session of Administrative Law Departments, combined with a scientific conference, took place at the Faculty of Law of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Members of these departments, as well as academic staff from other universities where administrative law is taught, gathered almost five years after their last meeting. The previous meeting was held in 2019 in Trnava, and even then, the Pilsen department planned to host the next one at the University of West Bohemia. However, the plans were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The joint session informally began on Wednesday, April 10th, with a gathering at the Salzmann restaurant, officially commencing the following day at 10:00 a.m., when Prof. Martin Kopecký opened the scientific conference with his introductory speech focusing on the significance of the work of Czechoslovak administrative and constitutional law professor Jiří Hoetzel. The conference had three main thematic areas:

1. Hoetzel – a figure not only from history

2. Administrative Act – and other acts of public administration

3. Procedural protections of subjective public rights and enforcement of public interest

During the conference, a total of 17 contributions were presented, including speeches by Dean Stanislav Balík from the Faculty of Law of the University of West Bohemia, who provided insights into Jiří Hoetzel's activities in the legal community, and Prof. Vladimír Sládeček, who focused on Jiří Hoetzel as a co-creator of the constitutional charter. Both speakers are retired judges of the Constitutional Court. Other speakers included Assoc. Prof. Lukáš Potěšil from Masaryk University, Assoc. Prof. Pavel Mates, and from Slovak representatives, Prof. Juraj Vačok or Assoc. Prof. Michal Maslen.

The first day of the session concluded with a tour of the Pilsen brewery and subsequent gathering at the Na Spilce restaurant.

Friday, April 12th, was dedicated to the joint working session of the administrative law departments. Participants shared the latest knowledge and experiences from teaching, and updates from individual departments were presented. Teaching administrative law naturally involves various innovations and modernizations, which were presented to the participants. However, during the joint session, there was a unanimous opinion that state final exams and progress exams should undoubtedly be conducted orally, as is the long-standing custom at law faculties.

Representatives from all law faculties in the Czech Republic, as well as representatives from the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava, the Faculty of Law of Trnava University in Trnava, and the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, attended the joint session. Representatives from other universities in the Czech Republic, such as the Police Academy, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, and the University of Pardubice, also attended the session.


Faculty of Law

Jana Kotounová

23. 04. 2024