History of the faculty
The first steps within the realisation the thought of the establishment of the Faculty of Law as a part of Matej Bel University (in abbreviation as „UMB“), were realised thanks to the impulse of management of the University with its rector O. Tomeček and also the first rector J. Findra, after the negotiations with representatives of the Faculty of Law in Bratislava and the Slovak prime minister V. Mečiar. These persons supported that thought of formation. The first meeting was realised on 15th March 1995 in the congress hall of the Hotel Sureco in the Majakovský street in Bratislava (The Mountain Park) with the participation of the vice-rectors of the Matej Bel University, such as M. Valihora and R. Nedela. The proposal of the project for the establishment of the Faculty of Law of Matej Bel University was made by the group of experts with its leader Pavel Kandráč. In this group were active Jaroslav Chovanec, Mojmír Mamojka, Erika Kučerová, Vladimír Vaňo, R. Nedela and Peter Baník – the questor of Matej Bel University. The proposal for establishment of the Faculty of Law of Matej Bel University was presented for negotiating and approving towards the Academic senate of Matej Bel University on 11th May 1995 by the rector of UMB. The rector informed the members of the senate about the content of the study at this Law School and conditions for securing its operation. After that he mentioned, that the Slovak government by means of resolution no. 256 from 18th April 1995 approved of an establishment of the Faculty of Law and loosened for this purpose 28 million Slovak crowns from its extraordinary budget. The Academic Senate of UMB adopted a resolution about the establishment of the Faculty of Law of UMB with its seat in Banská Bystrica. On the basis of the facts that were already mentioned, the rector of UMB published the establishing document about the establishment of the Faculty of Law of UMB in Banská Bystrica from the day 15th May 1995. Its permanent seat became the building of UMB in the Komenský street no. 20.
doc. JUDr. Pavel Kandráč, CSc. was given a mandate for executing the function of the dean. He appointed into the functions of vice-deans these persons: Erika Kučerová (for education), Jaroslav Chovanec (for the activities that are connected with science and research and also for the editorial activity) and Vladimír Vaňa (for the development of the faculty). The team of first academic functionaries prepared and secured the successful realisation of admittance exams on faculty. There were admitted 100 students for the internal study in the first academic year of 1995/1996. After passing the first task, the management of faculty finished its action before the opening process of academic year. The dean of the Faculty of Law of UMB appointed the new vice-deans: Július Kováč (for education), Jozef Beňo (for science, research and editorial activity), Zoltán Valentovič (for development and foreign relations) and Ján Reken (for the bachelor studies, rigorous procedure and lifelong education). The new-created Academic senate of the Faculty of Law of UMB elected P. Kandráč as a dean of the faculty on 1st July 1996. The dean has made the leading management, that means, he confirmed vice-deans and leaders of the departments in their functions. The management of faculty secured the accreditation for the bachelor and master studies at Law School of UMB, which obtained the authorization for realizing the state rigorous exams and also the doctoral study in the chosen scientific branches.
This management of the Faculty of Law remained after the following election into the academic senate after the finishing of the first term of their function, that means, it was leading and securing all of the functions and tasks that result from the faculty programmes of study. On 31st March 2002, the dean P. Kandráč left his office for the social-political practice. Then, the Academic senate elected Július Kováč as a dean of the faculty on 9th April 2002. In May 2004, J. Kováč gave up his function as a dean of the faculty. Pavel Kypta, the vice-dean for education, was given a mandate for executing this office until the new elections of the dean. On 13th July 2004, Mojmír Mamojka was elected by the unanimous consent of the Academic Senate as a dean of the Faculty of Law of UMB. The new dean of the faculty appointed Anton Dulák and J. Cirák as vice – deans and J. Straka and P. Vojčík as two advisers of the dean. The exceptional importance was aimed at the accreditation of the faculty. With the acceptance of the recreational file, the Faculty of Law of UMB (in December 2004) received the accreditation for bachelor and master studies and obtained the possibility for realizing the state rigorous exams again, and also the grant for the right on a doctoral study in branches such as Theory and History of State and Law and Business and Financial Law. The new management reopened also the publication of the faculty manual with a great deal of J. Chovanec - the former chairman of the Editorial commission.
After Mojmír Mamojka having left his office, there were new dean elections on 16th October 2006. Stanislav Mráz was elected by Academic senate as a dean of the faculty.
Until the next elections into the Academic Senate at the beginning of 2011, the leading management of the Faculty of Law has consisted of these persons: S. Mráz – the dean of the faculty; P. Kypta – the vice-dean for education; Soňa Kubincová – the vice-dean for science and research; Anna Schneiderová – the vice-dean for international relations and development; Julita Baboľová – the secretary for economic, administrative, economical field and also for the sphere of salaries and human sources. These named persons remained in their functions also after the new elections and are part of the present management of the faculty.
At the beginning of 2011, Stanislav Mráz was holding his office as a dean of the faculty after being reelected by the Academic Senate of the Law School. The vice-deans were: Pavel Kypta – for education; Ján Cuper – for science, research and doctoral studies and Anna Schneiderová – for international relations and development. The secretary of the faculty is J. Baboľová.
In May 2014, Mojmír Mamojka was elected again by the unanimous consent of the Academic Senate as a dean of the Faculty of Law of UMB. His leading team of managers consists of these members: Vladimír Čečot as a vice dean for science, research and rigorous procedure; Ivana Šošková as a vice dean for education and Michal Turošík as a vice dean for international relations, doctoral studies and legislation.