Philosophy of law in the process of reforming the legal system of Ukraine: theory and practice

Keywords: philosophy of law; reforming; legal science; power; humans; rights; freedoms; protection


The research aims at developing the concept of a new perception and content of philosophy of law which should be based on the
philosophies of the relevant fields of law and integrate the main directions of further evolution of the legal system into a single harmonized
model in order to protect rights and interests of the individual and the citizen. Theoretical basis comprises modern concepts of scholars in
the field of philosophy of law, whose typical and original ideas have been selected and analyzed. Also, the paper constructively and critically
analyzes their correspondence to contemporary problems of the legal system of Ukraine. The authors identify a new function of philosophy
of law – defining the purpose and systematic direction of reforming the legal system of Ukraine, as well as the ways to achieve the goal
through improving the activities of law enforcement and human rights bodies. Current tendencies in the development of the legal system of
Ukraine are based on the solution of various tactical tasks, in particular, in the sphere of economy, health care, social security, the judicial
system; however, the strategic goal of its reforming – the self-sufficient state of Ukraine – has not been set. This very goal should set priorities
in the development of the legal system of Ukraine as a sovereign, independent, democratic, social, law-based state. At the same time, the
preamble to the Constitution of Ukraine stipulates the irreversibility of the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine, which will have
to delegate some of its powers to international organizations. The provisions regarding sovereignty and independence of the state will lose
priority, which will lead to amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine. At the same time, the theory of a self-sufficient state has not been
developed in Ukraine. However, due to this theory the implementation of the defining principles of the state system, proclaimed in the Cons -
titution of Ukraine and capable of ensuring a high standard of living of their citizens and their real independence should be guaranteed.


Fedorova, A. L. (2018). Porivnjaljne trudove pravo. Odesa: Feniks. (in Ukranian)
Fursa, S.Y Notarialna procedura I pravosvidomist /Notariat v Ukraini : teoriya і praktika. К.: А.С.К., 2001
Fursa S.Y, Fursa Y.I. Notariat і advokatyra v Ukrainskiy neoliberalny derzhavi // Zbirnik materialiv konferenciy «Filosofsky, metodologichni ta psuhologichny problem prava» (Kiev, 17 listopada 2012.). ̶ К., 2012.
Fursa S.Y. Advokatura kriz prizmu nacionalnoy pravovoy doktrini // Pravo Ukraine, 2019 № 12.
Danyljjan, O. Gh., Dzjobanj, O. P., & Maksymov, S. I. (2009). Filosofija prava. Kharkiv: Pravo. (in Ukranian)
Kostycjkyj, M. V. (2009). Filosofsjki ta psykhologhichni problemy jurysprudenciji. Philosophical and psychological problems of jurisprudence. Vol. 1, Chernivci: Ruta (in Ukranian)
Kyrychenko, V. M., & Kurakin, O. M. (2012). Porivnjaljne konstytucijne pravo: moduljnyj kurs. Comparative Constitutional Law. K.: «Centr uchbovoji literatury». (in Ukranian)
Leghran, P. (2013). Nemozhlyvistj «pravovykh transplantantiv». Porivnjaljne pravoznavstvo, 1-2, 46-59. (in Ukranian)
Marchenko O.V. (2015). Filosofija prava: navchaljnyj posibnyk. Dnipropetrovsjk: Dniprop. derzh. un-t vnutr. sprav. (in Ukranian)
Pasporty specialjnostej: postanova prezydiji VAK Ukrajiny vid 8 zhovtnja 2008 № 45-06/7[Decree of the Presidium Higher Attestation Commission of Ukraine]. URL: (in Ukranian)
Petryshyna, O. V., Poghrebnjak, S. P., Luk'janov, D. V., & Bylja-Sabadash I. O. (2012). Porivnjaljne pravoznavstvo. Kharkiv: Pravo. (in Ukranian)
Selivanov, V. M. (2003). Pravo u dzerkali filosofiji. Problemy filosofiji prava, 1, 67-71. (in Ukranian)
Shyshko, V. V. (2003). Filosofija prava v systemi jurydychnykh nauk. Problemy filosofiji prava, 1, 44-47. (in Ukranian)
Zhytlovyj kodeks Ukrajiny, (1983). № 5465-X : vid 30.06.1983 Vidomosti Verkhovnoji Rady Ukrajinsjkoji RSR. Information Bulletin of the Supreme Soviet of Ukrainian SSR. 28, art. 573. (in Ukranian)
How to Cite
Fursa, S., & Fursa, Y. (2020). Philosophy of law in the process of reforming the legal system of Ukraine: theory and practice. Law Review of Kyiv University of Law, 1(3), 35-40.
State and law theory and history. Philosophy of law