Our goal and history

Goal

The Common Law Review (CLR) is a non-profit, academic law journal published in English by the Common Law Society which operates at the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague. It is registered as an official journal by the Czech Ministry of Culture, registry number MK CR E 10174, ISSN 1213-4678. With its print run of over 250 copies, the CLR is widely distributed to courts, law firms, other professional advisory firms, libraries and a variety of other institutions across the Czech Republic, broader CEE and common law countries.

The CLR’s main objectives are threefold:

  • First, to inform readers in the Czech Republic and other CEE countries about the Anglo-American legal system of “common law”.
  • Second, to inform readers in common law countries about Czech and other CEE laws by way of comparison with common law.
  • Third, to help talented law students and fresh graduates publish their high calibre comparative works alongside contributions by established academics and other reputable authors. Our aim is to maintain this balance, with the majority of articles written by students and fresh graduates.

History

The Editorial to the first issue nicely summarizes our early history,

The Common Law Review (CLR) was first published in 2001 by a group of law school students from the Common Law Society, a law student society operating at the Charles University Law Faculty in Prague. The CLR succeeded the somewhat less formal, student led Bulletin of the Common Law Society, which was published regularly at Charles University between 1998 and 2001.

Many people have assisted in the making of the CLR and unfortunately it would be impossible to name them all here, but special mention must go to the generous support provided by the leadership of Charles University Law Faculty both to the Common Law Society as well as with the publication of the CLR. Over the years we have received much encouragement and advice for this project, especially from Kevin Gibbons, a law lecturer at the Anglo-American College in Prague and professor Michael P. Seng of the John Marshall Law School, Chicago. In the early stages, invaluable support was provided by Martin Valášek, former Editor of the McGill Law Journal, William D. Meyer, former Executive Director of the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) in Prague and Robert Seaton of Edinburgh University. Also, the work of the first Managing Editor of the CLR and the President of the Common Law Society at the time, Martin Junek, who devoted much enthusiasm, patience and determination to the project, and was critical for the launch the first issue of the CLR and the project as a whole.