Workshop: The cradle of statutes – Drafting and negotiating bills in Central Europe – Prague, January 2018


On January 26 2018, a workshop on legal drafting will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.

The conference topic is The cradle of statutes: Drafting and negotiating bills in Central Europe. 

The main purpose of the workshop is to promote debate on the state of the art of legal drafting in Central Europe and to share experiences from different legal systems.

The International Association of Legislation (IAL) ​will be represented at this Conference by one of its current Presidents, Professor Dr. Helen Xanthaki from the UCL Faculty of Laws, University College London and by Professor Dr. Prof Ulrich Karpen, who teaches Law at the University of Hamburg and is former chairman of the IAL.

Professor  Dr. Helen Xanthaki will be opening the workshop and Professor Dr. Prof Ulrich Karpen will be talking about his experience in legal drafting in the German legal system.

Learn more about the provisional programme below.

Workshop programme (subject to change)

The cradle of statutes: Drafting and negotiating bills in Central Europe

9 AM: Introductory panel

  • Welcome speech (Helen Xanthanki, University College London )
  • Drafting and negotiating bills: Review of the research field and current problems (Jan Kysela, Charles University, Prague)
  • Outline and objective of the “Dark Corners of the Legislative Process” project (Robert Zbíral, Masaryk University, Brno)


10 AM: Drafting and negotiating bills: Situation and experience from Central Europe

  • Slovakia (Milan Hodas, Comenius University, Bratislava)
  • Germany (Ulrich Karpen, University of Hamburg)
  • Poland (Jacek Sokolowski, Jagellonian University, Cracow)
  • Austria (Eric Miklin, University of Salzburg)
  • Czech Republic (Marian Kokeš, Palacky University, Olomouc)
  • Hungary (Ivan Halasz, Czech Academy of Science, Prague)

12 AM: Discussion

1 PM: Lunch

2 to 6PM: Afternoon session to be announced

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