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LAZAR, J.: Wealth inequality and social function of private law. (Topical reflection).

Právny obzor, 99, 2016, č. 4, s. 287 – 309.

Abstract. Wealth inequality and social function of private law. (Topical reflection). In the last three decades the leading world economies witnessed a fundamental change in the wealth structure of society, consisting in unprecedented growth of wealth inequality. This serious social phenomenon has far-reaching negative implications and consequences for economic, social, political, ethical and legal relations in society. In this sense it also affects the area of private law, in particular its social function. The process of „Great Divergence“ comes into conflict with several principles of social doctrine of European private law and hence those of private law legislation of the EU member states. It concerns among others the implementation of principles such as principle of equality, non-discrimination, solidarity and in particular principle of social justice in distribution of wealth and material values. Its definition suggests that the theme comprises multi-dimensional, complex and very wide interdisciplinary issues of various relations and knowledge from several social science disciplines. This reflection outlines the wider social context and utmost importance of the issue and names its individual aspects or correlations and resulting problems, which, also from the perspective of the sciences on the state and law, and especially civil law, require scientific analysis and new solutions in this actual context. It is rather an outline of assumptions and possibilities which, once confirmed in the economic and political areas, could create a verified basis for the search for new positive solutions in the area of protection of a weaker entity through the institutes of private law, concerning not only obligation law as before, but also the right in rem, not excluding more modern and suitable regulation of the property right.

Key words: Wealth inequality, wealth distribution mechanism, social function of private law, European social doctrine, concept of social function of ownership, role of social sciences and sciences on the state and law, instruments of private law

ISSN 2729-9228

ISSN 0032-6984


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