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Kejř Jiří

Assoc. Prof., JUDr., DrSc
Born August 28, 1921 in Prague

  • History of law
  • Member of Learned Society since1998
  • Member, LS Council, 2002-2004

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1940, graduation, Nový Bydžov academic secondary school;
  • 1941-42, graduation, Business Academy, Prague Vinohrady;
  • 1945-48, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague;
  • 1948, JUDr.;
  • 1958, Candidate, legal sciences, Institute for the State and Law, CSAS;
  • 1993, Associate Professor in Czech history, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University;
  • 1999, Doctor of historical sciences, Institute of History, AS CR.

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1940-1941 and 1942-1943, clerk brewery, Obora, District of Nový Bydžov;
  • 1943-1944, economic volunteer, Šlechtitelské podniky von Dreger, Chlumec nad Cidlinou;
  • November 1944-to war’s end, sick leave;
  • 1948-1949, notary candidate;
  • 1949-1952, external co-operation with several scientific institutions;
  • 1952-1985, scientific worker, CSAS;
  • 1952-1956, Cabinet, History of Law in CSR;
  • 1956-1972, Institute of State and Law, CSAS;
  • 1973-1985, Commission for Research of Manuscripts, Central Archives, CSAS;
  • 1986-present, continued involvement in scientific work and publication activities

Membership and positions in international organizations:

  • 1971, Corresponding Member, Arbeitskreis für südwestdeustche Stadtgeschichtsforschung, Tübingen
  • 1980, Corresponding Member, Ősterreischischer Arbeitskreis für Stadtgeschichtsforschung, Linz
  • 1982, Honorary Member, Commission Internationale pour ľ Histoire des Villes, Bruxelles
  • 1992, Lifetime Member, Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (Society for Medieval Canon Law), Zürich
  • 1987 Member, Collegium Carolinum, Munich
  • 1968-1992, Co-worker, Centre de Recherche et de Documentation des Institutions hrétiennes, Strasbourg

Notable awards:

  • 1985, Creative Premium of the Czech Literary Fund
  • 1985, Fellow Commoner, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • 1993, František Palacký Medal of AS CR
  • 1995, Forschungspreis, Alexander von Humboldt, Stiftung, Bonn
  • 1998, International Man of the Year 1997-1998, Biographical Centre, Cambridge
  • 1999, Commander, Order of St. Silvester the Pope, Vatican
  • 2001, Annual Award of the Vyšehrad Publishing House
  • 2003, Medal De scientia et humanitate optime meritis, AS CR

Selected publications:

  • Magistri Iohannis Hus Quastiones (Corpus Christianorum, t. 205), Turnhout, 2004
  • Summae Confessorum and Other Works pro foro Interno in the Manuscripts of Czech and Moravian Libraries, 2003
  • The Hus Process, 2000
  • The Formation of the Municipal Establishment in the Czech Lands, 1998
  • The History of the Prague Law University, 1995
  • The Hussites, 1984
  • Quodlibet Disputations at Prague University, 1971
  • The Hussite Lawyer M. Jan of Jesenice, 1965
  • Legal Life in Hussite Kutná Hora, 1958 (second edition, 2002)
  • The Beginning of Court Justice, 1956

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.