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1st Critico-Juridical Symposium (13-14 April 2018)

On 13-14 April 2018 CEENELS organised, in collaboration with the University of Opole, the 1st Critico-Juridical Symposium devoted to the topic What kind of critique of law in Central and Eastern Europe? The Symposium was attended by 23 invited scholars from 6 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russia and the United Kingdom), representing inter alia the following universities: Jagiellonian University (Kraków), University of Warsaw, University of Wrocław, University of Amsterdam, University of Nottingham, University of Middlesex (London), University of Kent (Canterbury), National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (Moscow),  West University (Timișoara), University of Iași, University of Târgu Mureș, Masaryk University (Brno) and University of Sarajevo. 

The symposium was kindly supported by Professor Piotr Stec, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Opole. 

Click here for the final programme. 


Call for papers: Theory, organisation and practice of the law-making process


7th Congress of the “Fontes” Association for Research on Sources and Functions of the Law

Theory, organisation and practice of the law-making process

22-23 September 2018

hosted by
Łazarski University in Warsaw

under the patronage of the
Central and Eastern European Network of European Scholars (CEENELS)


The principle of the rule of law requires the setting of impeccable standards from the perspective of the objectives of legislation. The first level of law creation is the formal conditions for the creation of a law-making act (legislative procedure, conditions for the legality of normative acts, promulgation). The second one is expressed in the selection of measures of legal impact from the perspective of the assumed objectives of the legislati

Palace of Culture in Warsaw. Photo by: Dena Flows (Creative Commons)

ve initiative. In turn, the last level consists of the rules determining the effectiveness of including the legal act in the institutional order accepted in a given society. On the other hand, the analysis of the law-making process concerns three aspects, i.e. theoretical, organisational and practical. In particular, the aim of the conference will be to try to identify the relations between the concepts presenting the theoretical model of law creation and the organisation of the law-making process functioning in real socio-economic conditions, surrounded by formal and informal institutional solutions that enable the realisation of the objectives and functions of law.

Click here for the PDF version of the call for papers.

Please submit your abstract (500-1000 characters with spaces) accompanied by information about your affiliation, to the official email address of the Fontes Association:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 1 May 2018

Convenor: Professor Adam Sulikowski, President of the Fontes Association, professor of legal theory at the University of Wrocław, head of Department of Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law, University of Opole

Secretary of the conference: Dr. Dobrochna Minich

Scientific board: Professor Leszek Bielecki, Professor. Tadeusz Biernat, Professor Andrzej Bisztyga, Dr. Mieczysław Błoński, Professor Paweł Chmielnicki, Professor Bolesław M. Ćwiertniak, Professor Wojciech Dadak, Professor Dorota Dąbek, Professor Piotr Dobosz, Professor Agata Jurkowska–Gomułka, Professor Andrzej Korybski, Professor Adam Lityński, Professor Marian Liwo, Professor Marek Mączyński, Professor Sławomir Patyra, Professor Piotr Ruczkowski, Professor Adam Sulikowski, Professor Andrzej Szplit, Professor Mariusz Załucki, Professor Halina Zięba–Załucka, Professor Maria Zrałek.


Call for papers: 1st Critico-Juridical Symposium (13-14 April 2018, Opole)

City of Opole. Photo: Karolina Lubryczyńska – under Creative Commons (Flickr)

The Central and Eastern European Netework of Legal Scholars is organizing, in collaboration with the University of Opole, the 1st Critico-Juridical Symposium on the topic “What kind of legal critique for Central and Eastern Europe?”


The call for papers is now closed.

The symposium will be a small event  intended for scholars working in critical theory (especially critical legal studies, critical political theory, critical sociology) and wishing to present a methodological paper on legal critique in Central and Eastern Europe.

The formula is of an intensive methodological seminar and is open, in principle, to  

Opole City Hall. Photo: Cameron Lucida – under Creative Commons license (Flickr)

Organizing committee: Prof. Adam Sulikowski (University of Wrocław); Dr. Cosmin Sebastian Cercel (University of Nottingham); Dr. Rafał Mańko (University of Amsterdam); Dr. Jacek Srokosz (University of Opole); Dr. Paulina Bieś-Srokosz (Jan Długosz Academy in Częstochowa), Mgr. Piotr Eckhardt (Jagiellonian University)


Call for papers: “Language. Law. Society” (22-26 May 2018, Penza)

Penza State University jointly with the University of National and World Economy (Sofia, Bulgaria) and the Ural State Pedagogical University (Yekaterinburg, Russia) are organizing an international conference on “Language, Law, Society” on 22-26 May 2018 in Penza.

The call for papers is open until 1 March 2018.

To download the call for papers click here.

Topics of the conference include inter alia  the following:

  • The language of law as a language for specific purposes.
  • Linguistic aspects of legal techniques and interpretation of legal acts.
  • Legal terminology
  • Linguistic expertise of texts of various functional types
  • Advertising text as an object of linguistic research and legal regulation, Problems of state control in advertising
  • Language and law in the context of language policy. Official language and its legal and linguistic aspects.
  • Speech manipulation in the media: linguistic and legal aspects.
  • Problems of intercultural communication and translation of legal texts.
  • Language and legal communication. Legal discourse as a cultural phenomenon.
  • The role of literature in the formation of the legal culture of society.
  • Formation of linguistic competence of future legal experts.

There will also be a roundtable on “Legal term outside legal discourse: status, problems of functioning” 

  • Conference languages: Russian, English.
  • There is no participation fee.
  • The conference organizers can provide a scheduled videoconferencing function for the participants who are miles away from the venue.



3rd Annual CEENELS Conference – University of Latvia, Riga

The 3rd Annual CEENELS conference took place in Riga, Latvia on 11-13 January 2018. The topic was “Legal Traditions and Legal Identities in Central and Eastern Europe”. 

The conference was attended by almost 70 scholars from 12 countries: Belarus, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia,  Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The final programme can be found here: 

Official opening of the conference

Photo by Alex Kravchuk

1st Plenary Session (11 January 2018)

Plenary lecture by Prof.  Adam Sulikowski (University of Wrocław)

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Plenary lecture by Doc. Martin Škop (Masaryk University at Brno)

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Plenary lecture by Doc. Tomas Berkmanas (Vytautas Magnas University at Kaunas)

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Plenary lecture by Dr. Cosmin Sebastian Cercel (University of Nottingham)

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2nd Plenary Session

Official address by the Dean of the Law Faculty of University of Latvia, Prof.  Anita Rodiņa

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Plenary lecture by Prof. Sanita Osipova

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Plenary lecture by Prof. Manuel Guţan

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Plenary lecture by Dr. habil. Piotr Fiedorczyk (University of Białystok)

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Plenary lecture by Doc. Zdenek Kuhn

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3rd Plenary session

Plenary lecture by Doc. Vladislav Starzhenetskiy (Владислав Старженецкий) (Higher School of Economics at Moscow)

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Plenary lecture by Dr. habil. Tomasz Bekrycht (University of Łódź)

4th Plenary Session

Plenary lecture by Prof. Piotr Niczyporuk (University of Białystok)

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Plenary lecture by Doc. Marko Novak

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Parallel sessions 


Social events

Pre-conference drinks. (Photo R. Mańko)

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Prof. Adam Sulikowski and Mgr. Dominik Góra (photo R. Mańko)

Dr. Lucian Bojin (photo R. Mańko)



Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2017

We would like to invite you to the annual conference of our partner organisation specialized in the therory of law:  The Central and Eastern European Network of Jurisprudence (CEENJ) This year’s conference is entitled “Jurisprudence in Central and Eastern Europe: Work in Progress 2017” is organized by the University of Latvia Faculty of Law with the support of the leading law firms in Latvia – COBALT, Eversheds Bitāns, FORT Legal – and Professor Kārlis Dišlers’ Foundation.

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CEENELS 2017 Call for Papers

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Central and Eastern European Network of Legal Scholars (CEENELS) will be held in Kraków on 7-8 January 2016. The event will be hosted by the Department of History of Political and Legal Thought, Jagiellonian University in collaboration with the Centre for Legal Education and Social Theory, University of Wrocław. The topic of this year’s CEENELS conference is “An Uneasy Legacy: Remnants of Socialist Legal and Political Thinking in Central and Eastern Europe”.

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