Continuity and Discontinuity of Pre-war Legal Systems in Post-war Successor States (1918–1939). Aims of the Project
The objective of the project is to integrate the Czech, Polish, Slovak, and Hungarian academic community around the issues of the legal heritage of the interwar period and to popularize joint research on this issue. This heritage can be described as difficult, because after the end of World War I, the countries of Central Europe faced the necessity of either building new legal systems or thoroughly rebuilding the existing ones. The axis of these activities was therefore the confrontation of the needs of the interwar period with the legal heritage from before 1918, generating problems regarding the continuity and discontinuity of pre-war legal systems. While research on the legal codifications of individual countries of the V4 is already far advanced, there are still no comparative approaches that would make it possible to identify the similarities and differences in the legal heritage of these countries. The research questions include, in particular, whether there are any similarities and what the differences were in dealing with problems with the codification of law in the countries of the V4 in the interwar period. It is also necessary to undertake efforts to popularize the legal identity of V4 countries through access to English-language open lectures devoted to this subject. In the dynamics of research and the dissemination of knowledge about the legal culture and identity of the V4 countries, an invaluable help will be the action of translating important interwar legal acts into English and ensuring access to them in an open access format (www.iura.uj.edu.pl).
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.