WHY A NEW BUILDING?
The Comenius University in Bratislava is the oldest university in Slovakia and the Faculty of Law is the oldest law faculty in Slovakia and after the Comenius University´s Faculty of Medicine the second oldest faculty from all.
The Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law, is located in a building on Šafárikovo nám. no. 6 in Bratislava, together with the Rectorate of the Comenius University and part of the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University which uses approximately one third of these premises. This spatial situation was not ideal even at the end of the 80s of the last century, nor it is today, when the number of students has multiplied compared to the past.
Recently, it has become clear that inadequate premises present belongs to the main risks to the success of the Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law at the national and international level.
Over the past five years, we have made a number of reforms in the study. We have significantly hardened it and made it more challengeable. New clinical (practical) courses have been introduced and will be introduced - many of them in the form of compulsory courses. Many courses, compared to the past, have a higher hourly duration. However, if these forms of teaching are to be effective and to prepare students for practice, they must be implemented in smaller groups.
The lack of sufficient premisses and public spaces for students makes it impossible for students to meet on the grounds of the faculty even outside the teaching process and limits their extracurricular activities. Many student events are organized at Faculty of Law, but due to capacity reasons, it is always necessary to interrupt or move teaching.
The lack of space also limits the faculty in organizing of extra events, where interaction between faculty and students can be improved, as well as mutual partnership experiences.
Currently, there is no more space for new faculty offices, and new faculty members, whether employees or doctoral students, are either forced to share office space or are moved between unoccupied spaces. For university teachers, it is problematic to reconcile the scientific work, consultation, and examination for which the offices are used, with the schedules of the colleagues with whom they share the offices.
Inadequate administrative premisses limit also administrative workers in fulfilling their tasks, which ensure the proper running of the faculty and contribute to ensuring the pedagogical process and scientific activities as well.
The lack of premisses also has a serious impact on the functioning of new study programs such as a master's study program in English focused on international law and the law of the European Union and a bachelor's study program in management and law in English in cooperation with the Faculty of Management of the Comenius University.