Press Release of 7 June 2010


Press Release of 7 June 2010
Professor Alexander J. Bělohlávek, co-author of the major CYIL project

OSTRAVA – Modern Czech jurisprudence can boast a unique project, which, in aim and reach, extends far beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. In April 2010, New York’s Juris Publishing published the first Czech Yearbook of International Law (CYIL), edited by Professor Alexander J. Bělohlávek, Faculty of Economics, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, in cooperation with Naděžda Rozehnalová, the Dean of the Law Faculty, Masaryk University, Brno.

The CYIL Yearbook offers a sweeping presentation of academic jurisprudence and practice in Central and Eastern Europe from a comprehensive transregional perspective. The individual contributions relate to topical issues of international public and private law and, in this regard, to aspects of European and constitutional law. Contributors include experts from prestigious institutions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, who are represented on the advisory and editorial board. The CYIL Yearbook concentrates on both substantive and procedural law, touching on all aspects of legal relations with an international element. The objective at all times has been to expound themes which are globally as topical as possible while presenting a meeting of legal cultures conditioned by different historical and social developments.
The publication of this yearbook is also an exceptional historical event, as the Czech Republic has lacked a high-quality journal of this kind since 1990. The CYIL Yearbook is proof that many outstanding experts in international law can be found in the Czech Republic.
According to information available to Alexander J. Bělohlávek, all 4,000 copies of the first edition of the CYIL have already been distributed. The editors now envisage at least two reprints for ordinary retail sale and for sponsorship purposes. “The Czech Yearbook of International Law will go platinum this year as the largest sponsor of the world’s top three legal conferences,” said Professor Bělohlávek. “July's Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Washington, the Hague Academy of International Law in August, and October’s IBA Congress in Vancouver, which unlike the first two congresses is more focused on legal practice and experts to draw 6,000 lawyers from all over world,” added Professor Bělohlávek. Several thousand CYIL Yearbooks have been delivered to libraries, prominent academic centres and directly to selected employees at home and abroad.
The main presentation of the yearbook can be found on the Internet. “We registered over 280 second-level domains, eventually choosing about 40, which are now redirected to our website at,” said Professor Bělohlávek, co-author of the yearbook project, financed exclusively from private project sources earmarked for scientific research purposes.

011. Jan Fischer, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, sponsored the first annual Czech Yearbook of International Law.

02 2. Following the unveiling in Prague, Professor Alexander J. Bělohlávek introduced the CYIL Yearbook in Ostrava.

03 3. The Ostrava launch was hosted by the Imperial Hotel on 9 June and was attended by teachers, judges, lawyers and other guests.

04 4. The official presentation of the CYIL Yearbook in Ostrava was also covered by the media. Professor Bělohlávek is pictured being interviewed by Mojmír Žáček, a reporter from Czech Television’s Ostrava Centre.

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