Constitutional systems of Central and Eastern European states

Content of the course

The course seeks to acquaint students with the principles of basic institutions of constitutional systems in selected central and Eastern European states (Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovenia).

1. Constitutions and constitutional principles (weeks 1 and 2). 2.The legislative organs: the principles of parliamentary elections. Internal structure of the parliaments. The status of a deputy. The legislative function. Procedures to amend constitutions. The budgetary procedures (weeks 3 ,4, 5, 6). 3. Executive organs: the presidents of the republics and the governments. Parliamentary and legal (constitutional) responsibility (weeks 7 , 8, 9). 4. Constitutional position of the judiciary and the constitutional tribunals. Structure of the courts (weeks 10, 11, 12, 13). 5. Organs of state control and for defence of rights (week 15).


Constitutional Law of 10 New EU Member States, Edited by: C. Kortmann, J. Fleuren, W. Voermans, Kluwer 2006;

Governmental Systems of Central and Eastern European States, edited by: N. Chronowski, T. Drinoczi, T. Takacs, Wolters Kluwer Polska, Warszawa 2011

S. Berglund, J. Ekman, . H. Aarebrot, The Handbook of Political Change in Eastern Europe, E. Elgar ltd., (second edition) Cheltenham-Northampton 2004.
B. Banaszak, Outline of Polish Constitutional Law, Wrocław 2005;The Principles of Basic Institutions of the System of Government in Poland, Sejm Publishing Office, Warsaw1999.
T. Sedelius, The Tug-of-War between Presidents and Prime Ministers. Semi-Presidentalism in Central and Eastern Europe; Örebro 2006.