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Constitution of the Slovak Republic

Year of Version:2004
Date of Entry into Force:October 1, 1992
Date of Text (Adopted):1992
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
The Constitution of Slovakia, officially Constitution of the Slovak Republic (Slovak: Ústava Slovenskej republiky) was adopted by the Slovak National Council on 1 September 1992 and entered into force on 1 October 1992 (some parts 1 January 1993).

The Constitution has been amended 5 times: in 1998, 1999, 2001 and twice in 2004. The greatest amendments were introduced on 23 February 2001 resulting from Slovakia’s intention to join the European Union. Slovakia has recognized international treaties, changed the electoral law, introduced an ombudsman to the Slovak law system, transferred the right to appoint judges for unlimited time from the Parliament to the President and has undergone changes in a majority of its institutions.

According to the Constitution, intellectual property rights shall be protected by law. In particular, Part I Article 43 guarantees freedom of scientific research and freedom of artistic expression. Furthermore, provisions stipulating the protection of cultural heritage are laid down in Part II Article 43 and Article 44
Available Texts: 

Constitution of the Slovak Republic Constitution of the Slovak Republic, Complete document (htm) [423 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)


Ústava Slovenskej republiky Ústava Slovenskej republiky, Complete document (pdf) [198 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:SK039



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