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The Czech Republic

Alexander J. Bělohlávek

in International Law and Domestic Legal Systems

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694907
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694907.003.0007
The Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic has quite limited experience with international law. This is for political reasons, as the Czech Republic was part of the ‘eastern bloc’ under the Soviet influence. This ideologically limited the application of some international treaties (on human rights, for example). After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the political leaders drafted the Constitution with minimal experience in international law, which led them to include some serious systemic flaws, such as limiting the automatic incorporation of international treaties into domestic law only to treaties on human rights. Similarly, the decisions of international judicial bodies, except for the human rights judicial bodies, were ignored before the modification of the Constitution and the Act on the Constitutional Court in 2004.

Keywords: Czech law; customary international law; domestic law; constitution; constitutional law; international treaties; human rights

Chapter.  6037 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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