Article title Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Forming of the National Doctrine of Land Law of Ukraine

Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, Full Member (Academician) of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Pro-Rector for Scientific Work of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) ORCID ID:  Scopus Author ID: 55131901800


PhD of Legal Sciences, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Environmental Law Department of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) ORCID ID:  Researcher ID:С-8160-2019


Name of magazine Legal journal «Law of Ukraine» (Ukrainian version)
Issue 5/2020
Сторінки [29-42]

Forming of the modern national doctrine of land law involves a number of issues, including those of theoretical and methodological nature. With a support on methodological approaches, the article looks at the doctrine of land law as the branch legal basis of land law and the State land policy which is institutionalized in land legislation and is an integrating set of legal and scientific interpretations and judgments about law, within the framework of which legal forms of cognition of law and legal phenomena, principles, concepts, terms and constructions are developed, and the ways, means, techniques of perception, understanding and interpretation of its sources, the system and structure are substantiated, and so on.

The article aims at reviewing and streamlining the theoretical and methodological foundations upon which the doctrine of land law is formed, at outlining the perspective course of establishing and determining the specific features of its application in the context of national policy improvement, particularly, for reforming land relations, and further systematization of land legislation under the conditions of European integration and sustainable development, and also at presenting the author’s own vision of the issues outlined.

With this goal in mind, the author applies the comprehensive approach which comprises the use of a wide range of general philosophical, general scientific, specific scientific methods, as well as legal methods proper. The historical method was also helpful in studying the genesis of the doctrine of land law and legislation. The dialectical method made it possible to comprehensively consider and substantiate the natural way of forming (through the dynamics, constant updating and improvement) of the doctrine of land law. Using the system structural method, the article determines the place of thedoctrine of land law in the architectonics of the system of the national legal doctrine. The theoretical prognostic method is applied to forecast a further improvement of provisions of the national doctrine of land law and land legislation, and the mental simulation method – to design and modernize the legal rules proposed with the aim of amending current legislation. Using the statistical method, the article proves a negative impact of collisions and inconsistencies in land legislation provisions on the mechanism of legal regulation of land relations. These and other methods are used in conjunction, and this contributes to the completeness of the study and the validity of the conclusions and proposals made. At the same time, environmentalism has become the optimal methodological foundation for forming of the doctrine of land law.

Furthermore, via the integrated approach to the study of this issue the author proves that further systematization of land legislation should occur on the basis of working upon a single scientific doctrine, and this will be conductive to the correct interpretation of legal rules, to overcoming of contradictions, collisions and gaps in current land legislation of Ukraine; the author also formulates the proposals to improve such legislation and arrives at the conclusion that the main task of our country in terms of European integration is to create an integral, logically consistent national doctrine of land law as a theoretical foundation for rule-making processes and for forming of a unified legal space.


Keywords methodological foundations; doctrine of land law; land law relations; land legislation; the State land policy


Authored books

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Conference papers

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