Faculty of LawComenius University Bratislava


Brief History of the Department of Labour law and Social security Law at Faculty of Law in Bratislava

The Department of Labour Law was established in 1965 under the title Department of Labour and Agrarian-cooperative Law. This title had Department until turn of the 1989-1990, when it was renamed on Department of Labour Law and Social Security Law (hereinafter as “Department”). Before the establishment of the Department was the tuition of the courses connected with Labour Law ensured by the Department of the Administrative Law and Labour Law. Before this the courses connected with Labour Law had been taught by the members of the Department of the Civil, Family and Labour Law or by the Institute of the General Private Law.

 From its establishment, the Department was fully used and it provided tuition of the courses connected with Labour Law, Agrarian-cooperative Law, Social Security Law and many other courses which were related to the abovementioned courses. In the field of the Labour Law, the research activities were aimed at the legal status of the employee within the Labour Law relations. In the field of the Agrarian-cooperate the scientific activities of the department were orientated on the research of the convergence of the agriculture and industry in the field of labour relations and social security.

 The fist Head of the Department was world respected expert on Labour Law and Administrative Law prof. JUDr. František Mestitz. He was replaced by the equally significant personality of the Labour Law and Agrarian-cooperate Law and Social Security Law prof. JUDr. Jaroslav Filo, CSc., who was the Head of the Department for many years. Prof. JUDr. Juraj Kolesár, CSc. was appointed as a Head of the Department after Prof. JUDr. Jaroslav Filo, CSc. in 1982. Prof. JUDr. Helena Barancová replaced Prof. JUDr. Jaroslav Filo, CSc. in 1991. During the years 2000 to 2010 was the Head of the Department Doc. JUDr. Ján Matlák, CSc.. JUDr. Michal Kuril, PhD. was Head of the Department since 2010 until 2014 and was replaced by doc. JUDr. Juraj Hamuľák who lead the Department the years 2014 until 2021. Since 2021 the Head of the Department is JUDr. Pavol Rak, PhD.
 Chronological overview of the all Heads of the Department of the Labour Law and Agrarian Law (from the turn of 1989-1990 the Department of the Labour Law and Social Security Law):


prof. JUDr. František Mestitz 1965 – 1970
prof. JUDr. Jaroslav Filo, CSc. 1970 – 1981
prof. JUDr. Juraj Kolesár, CSc. 1981 – 1991
doc. JUDr. Richard Rapant, CSc. 1968 - 1993
prof. JUDr. Helena Barancová, DrSc. 1991 – 1999
doc. JUDr. Ján Matlák, CSc. 2000 – 2010
JUDr. Michal Kuril, PhD. 2010 – 2014
doc. JUDr. Juraj Hamuľák, PhD. 2015 - 2021
JUDr. Pavol Rak, PhD. 2021 - now

Alphabetical list of the pedagogical employees of the Department who have been working at the Department since its establishment until the now, including period(s) during which they have been working at the Department:

Barancová, Helena, prof. JUDr., DrSc. 1.11.1976 - 31.12.1999
Filo, Jaroslav, prof. JUDr., CSc. 1.9.1950 - 27.12.1989
Földes, Vojtech, JUDr. 10.4.1996 - 31.12.2009
Hamuľák, Juraj, JUDr., PhD. 1.11.2009 -

until now

Hrvolová, Mária, JUDr. 14.12.1981 - 7.5.2002
Hromada, Jiří, prof. JUDr. 1.5.1952 - 30.9.1971
Kolesár, Juraj, prof. JUDr., DrSc. 1.7.1960 - 31.8.1994
Kšiňan, Jozef, JUDr. 17.9.2012 30.6.2015
Kuril, Michal, JUDr., PhD. 17.9.2007 - 31.12.2014
Macková, Zuzana, JUDr., PhD. 1.6.1995 -

until now

Matlák, Ján, doc. JUDr., CSc. 1.5.1991 -

until now

Mestitz, František, prof. JUDr. 1949 - 1952
1.8.1964 - 30.9.1979
Minčič, Vladimír, JUDr., Ph.D. 1.10.2010 -

until now

Mrázová, Viera, JUDr., CSc. 1.8.1972 - 30.10.1990
Nováková, Mária, JUDr., PhD. 15.2.1996 -

until now

Ondrišová, Júlia, JUDr. 1.9.1997 - 15.2.1999
Poruban, Andrej, JUDr., PhD. 15.2.2015 -

until now

Rapant, Richard, doc. JUDr., CSc. 1.11.1968 - 30.9.2002
Rosinová, Adriana, JUDr. 5.1.2003 - 15.4.2008
Schronk, Róbert, prof. JUDr., CSc. 1.9.1991 -

until now

Šediba, Ivan, JUDr. 1.10.1963 - 31.8.1971
1.10.1972  - 31.4.1976
Štefankova, Zuzana, Mgr., LL.M. 1.2.2012 - 30.6.2012
Štefanovič, Milan, prof. JUDr., DrSc. 1.10.1952 - 31.7.1997
Trella, Rudolf, JUDr., CSc. 1.8.1983 - 31.7.1991
Trstenský, Mikuláš, JUDr. 15.6.1981 - 11.7.1991
Vargová, Žaneta, JUDr. 2.10.2000 - 30.9.2008
Závacký, Milan, JUDr., CSc. 1.11.1954 - 30.9.1971


The significance of the Department as scientific-research institution and as one of the fundamental and essential organizational units of the Faculty of Law of the Comenius University in Bratislava is proven also by the fact that many members of the Department held important posts at the self-government of the Faculty of Law and Commenius University, e. g. vice-rectors, deans, vice-deans, chairmen of Academy Senate etc. Prof. JUDr. Jaroslav Filo held the function of the Dean of the Faculty of Law for the longest period in its history. He was Dean of the Faculty for nearly 14 years.

The overview of the members of the Department, who held function Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Comenius University in Bratislava:

  • prof. JUDr. František Mestitz               1950 - 1952
  • prof. JUDr. Jaroslav Filo, CSc.              1972 - 1985