Lecture on the change of the concept of property delivered by the President of the Curia on the occasion of an international conference

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23 February 2016

Dr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia delivered a lecture on the change of the concept of property and on the trends and novelties of property law on the occasion of an international conference held at Széchenyi István University in the town of Győr on 23 February 2016.

In his English-language lecture, President Darák said that, as a result of the French Revolution in Europe, property became an integral part of civil liberties and an important limitation to the state’s power. The modular system of property transformed during the modern capitalist era of the 19th and 20th centuries to develop into a complex system of multiple instruments.

He added that the prominent representatives of the American realist movement spoke about a complex society with a less formal and more contextual law in the field of property law and they used the term “bundle of rights” to describe the latter. By way of examples, he mentioned the problematic issues of joint ownership and property rights on frequencies.

He also referred to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the protection of property rights and legitimate expectations.

Budapest, the 1st of March 2016

Press Secretariat of the Curia of Hungary