83rd IFLA World Library and Information Congress

August 19, 2017 – August 25, 2017 all-day
Wroclaw, Poland

Conference theme is “Libraries.Solidarity.Society.” The Law Libraries Section and Government Libraries Section are meeting jointly. Poland and many other countries in Central and Eastern Europe have transitioned from Communist legal systems to traditional civil law systems. This raises several issues relating to legal methodology and legal research, and complicates orientation in the region’s legal information environment. Communist systems might have published court decisions but did not recognize their precedential value. New systems that have implemented EU law and ECHR-based law do rely on case law. In many countries, Communist-era statutes remain in force and exist alongside new or reformed statutes often regulating similar issues.