Institute of State and Law of the Slovak Academy of Sciences was founded in 1953. During its existence, the Institute has gained a high reputation in the fields of its scientific activities and its results are widely used in legal practice, as well as in educational system, not only in Slovak Republic, but also abroad.
Many important scientific works were created on Institute by its employees, which, in the given period, had significantly influenced the further development of legal thinking in the affected branches of Slovak legal order. Scientific monographs of Institute have won several domestic and foreign awards. Two employees of Institute have been awarded by high ranking state award from the President of the Republic for their scientific work. Several employees of the Institute of State and Law held important positions in the decisive sphere in Slovak republic as advisers to the Prime Minister, but also in the field of the judiciary as judges of Constitutional Court of Slovak republic and/or members of the Judicial Council of Slovak Republic.
Institute carries out the basic research for the sciences of the state and law. The research includes questions of general theory of state and law, legal philosophy, legal history, constitutional law, administrative law, social security law, economic and commercial law, civil law, and some parts of public international law. Institute uses its own research results in preparing analyses, opinions and recommendations. The results of research work are published by Institute through the periodical and non-periodical publications.
In the field of education of young researchers, the organization of workshop called „Autumn School of Law“ is a very important activity of the Institute. It is also the original scientific and pedagogical activity within V4 countries, which is continuously organized since 1995. This workshop is regularly attended by young talented students from Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. The high quality of lectors and the well developed personnel contacts of the organizing institution in several states, give to this event all the preconditions for the continuation of this good tradition.
Institute has long lasting cooperation with several legal institutions outside the Slovak Republic. The result of this cooperation is vested in organizing the workshop, called „School of Slovak Law“ at the Faculty of Law in Krakow, where Institute is the major organizer and garant of this event.
Právny obzor is the oldest review in the field of legal science in Slovakia and also one of the oldest law review in whole region of Central Europe. Institute of State and Law is the publisher of the review since 1955.
The review is being published continuously since 1917. In 2017, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of its founding. As of this year, special issue in English language is published regularly.
Právny obzor, together with Právnické štúdie, which had been published by Institute since 1953 till 1989, represents a wealthy source of information for a comprehensive research work mapping Slovak legal history, as well as they bring a lot of inspiration for social sciences in the present.
doc. JUDr. Jozef Vozár, CSc.
Mgr. Lukáš Lapšanský, PhD.
Members of the Scientific Board
prof. JUDr. Oľga Ovečková, DrSc.
Chief of the Scientific Board
JUDr. Zuzana Magurová, LL.M.
Departments of Institute of State and Law of SAS
JUDr. Eduard Bárány, DrSc. (Head of Department)
Mgr. Andrea Škopová, PhD. (Asisstant)
Specialization: theory of state and law, constitutional law, legal philosophy, history of state and law, administrative law, human rights, non-discrimination law and social security law.
Mgr. Lukáš Lapšanský, PhD. (Head of Department)
Viera Pinčeková (Assistant)
Specialization: commercial law, civil law, company law, legal protection of personality rights, competition law, intellectual property law and medical law.
Prof. JUDr. Oľga Ovečková, DrSc. (Editor-in-Chief)
JUDr. Viliam Janáč, PhD. (Secretary)
Specialization: publishing of journal Právny obzor and other non-periodic publications.
Alžbeta Pelcová (Head of Department)