Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

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Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb
Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu
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Latin: Universitas Studiorum Zagrabiensis, Facultas Iuridica
Type Public
Established 4 November 1776
Rector prof. Damir Boras, PhD
Dean prof. Dubravka Hrabar, PhD
Students 6230 (2013)[1]
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Affiliations University of Zagreb
Website pravo.hr

The Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb (Croatian: Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Latin: Universitas Studiorum Zagrabiensis, Facultas Iuridica) is the law school of the University of Zagreb.

This Faculty is one of the oldest educational institutions of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. The Faculty of Law was established in year 1776 by Queen Maria Theresa's decret. The establishment of the Zagreb Faculty of Law was a result of Queen Maria Theresa's comprehensive reforms in the system of education in the Habsburg Monarchy.[2]


After the dissolution of the Society of Jesus queen Maria Theresa took the sweeping reforms in the education system. In 1776 she issued a decree establishing the Royal Academy of Sciences (lat. Regia Scientiarum Acaemia) as the highest educational institution in Kingdoms of Croatia and Slavonia. The Academy consisted of three faculties: Philosophy, Theology and Law (Facultas iuridica). The Faculty of Law also included political-cameral studies (founded in 1769 in Varaždin, former Croatian capital) for the education of the Croatian administrative personnel.

At the first formal meeting of the Royal Academy it was determined that classes would begin on November 4, 1776. This date is considered to be the day of establishing the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. The first teachers were selected on the basis of tenders. Queen personally confirmed the selection. At that time, the Faculty had four departments: canon law (ius canonicum), general international public law (ius gentium et ius publicum universale), civic and law theory (Institutiones iuris civilis iuris et Patria teheoretici) and political-cameral sciences (politia qui accesserit studios cameralia quoque ac aeconomica). Classes were held mainly in Latin.

The school system in the Habsburg Monarchy was reorganized in 1850. Zagreb Academy was abolished, while the Faculty of Law was renamed into the Royal Academy of Legal Science (Regia academia iuris), which thus became the only institution of higher education in Croatia until 1874. Classes were held from 1850 in the Croatian language. Because of the endeavor by Ban Ivan Mažuranić and Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer on 19 October 1874 the Royal University of Franz Joseph I (now: University of Zagreb) was officially opened. The university consisted of three faculties: Theology, Legal and Administrative Sciences and the Faculty of Philosophy. All lectures were held on the Croatian language. Faculty worked under the name Royal Academy of Legal Science (Kraljevska akademija pravnih znanosti) until 1926 when it was renamed to its present name Faculty of Law of the University of Zagreb (Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu).

In the period between the two world wars, Faculty manages to retain its identity and attribute of the leading in the country despite many difficulties. The Faculty of Law merged with the College of Administration in 1968, and in 1983 the College of Administration and Interfaculty studies for social workers. This resulted in the organization of the two-year administrative studies for administrative lawyers and the four-year social studies for social workers. Tax study looked was introduced in year 1996.

Teaching at the university lasted for three years until 1868 when extended to four. With the introduction of the Bologna process in 2005 integrated study for a graduate lawyer was extended to five years. In its first seventy-five years, the Faculty of Law had cca. two thousand students. The Academy of Legal Science between 1850 and 1874 had about seventy students annually, a total of about 1700. Today, there are more than 6000 students.


At the Faculty of Law two undergraduate and graduate studies are performed:

  • Integrated BA-MA general law program
  • Undergraduate studies for social workers

and postgraduate studies in:

  • Civil Science
  • Commercial Law
  • International law
  • Criminal science
  • Fiscal system and fiscal policy
  • Governing political science
  • European Law
  • Social work
  • Social policy


  • Chair of General Theory of Law and State
  • Chair of Roman private law
  • Chair of General History of Law and State
  • Chair of History of the Croatian law and state
  • Chair of Sociology
  • Chair of Political Economy
  • Chair of Constitutional Law
  • Chair of Criminal Law
  • Chair of European Public Law
  • Chair of Family Law
  • Chair of Economic Policy
  • Chair of Legal Informatics
  • Chair of Civil Law
  • Chair of Administrative Science
  • Chair of International Law
  • Chair of Financial Law and Financial Science
  • Chair of Criminal Procedural Law
  • Chair of Labour and Social Law
  • Chair of Administrative Law
  • Chair of Commercial Law and Corporate Law
  • Chair of Civil Procedural Law
  • Chair of Maritime and Transport Law
  • Chair of Private International Law
  • Chair of Foreign Languages

As part of the Department for Social Welfare there are 5 chairs:

  • Chair of Psychology
  • Chair of Theory and Methodology of Social Work
  • Chair of Special Areas of Social Work
  • Chair of Social Policy
  • Chair of Gerontology