Why there is a need for Street Law programmes?


  • Michal Urban Charles University, Faculty of Law




Winston Churchill famously noted that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.[1] He was talking about constitutional liberal democracy in Fareed Zakaria’s terms,[2] combining classical liberalism with the rule of law, and he had no illusions about its weaknesses. After all, he was a witness to fall of many of those European democracies under the pressures of Nazism, fascism or communism in 1930s and 1940s.  However imperfect system this kind of democracy may be, it is the system that most European countries currently have, for better or worse, and all the alternatives to it we are currently observing across the world, be it in China, Russia, Hungary or Turkey present no tempting substitute. On the contrary, these more or less illiberal democracies evoke pleasantly positive feeling towards our version of democracy, even with all its flaws.[1] See https://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/quotes/the-worst-form-of-government.[2] Zakaria, Fareed. The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. W.W. Norton & Company,  2003.






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