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Romanisté a spory o budoucí podobu právnického studia v první ČSR

Title in English Romanists and disputes about the future form of legal studies in the first Czechoslovak Republic

VOJÁČEK Ladislav

Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Constans et perpetua voluntas. Pocta Petrovi Blahovi k 75. narodeninám
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Law

Field Law sciences
Keywords Jan Vážný; Miroslav Boháček; Otakar Sommer; 1918 to 1939; legal studies; reform
Description The contribution focuses on three Romanists connected with the Faculty of Law in Bratislava - Jan vážný, Miroslav Boháček and Otakar Sommer - and their participation in the dispute over the law studies reform. Jan Vážný and Miroslav Boháček did not pay their attention to the reform systematically, they only joined the discussion in order to defend their professional interest - Roman law. In contrast, Otakar Sommer dealt with the topic continually and comprehensively. This was also due to his position of an officer of the Ministry of Education (Ministerstvo školství a národní osvěty). He presented his complex idea of the reform in his 1925 study called Reform of Law Studies (Bratislava: PF UK, 1925). In the late 1930s he took part in the discussions on the draft laws concerning law studies prepared by the Ministry. His attemps to improve the quality of law studies resulted in number of lectures, comments and articles. Studying in absentia, lack of practical training and inadequate examination system were the three points he named as the main deficiencies in the then existing system. Anyway, he emphasized that, first and foremost, "reform of a student and a professor" is needed.
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