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In Osteuropa 2-3/2013

Everything That’s Law
Past and Future of Jurisprudence in East European Studies

Caroline von Gall

Deutsche Fassung


The systematic study of law in Eastern Europe began in the 1920s. The involvement of experts in eastern law during the Nazi era has hardly been researched. In the East-West conflict, many of the legal scholars who focused on Communist Eastern Europe emphasised the role of their discipline as part of a political struggle. With the collapse of Communism, this legitimacy was lost. Even the content of socialist law disappeared. However, the opening of the countries of East Central and Eastern Europe and the differentiation of their legal systems have produced many new possibilities: the study of East European law is important for practical legal advice and should be an integral part of both general comparative law, as well as regional research directed towards Eastern Europe.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2013, pp. 171–184)