The Czech Constitutional Court as the Gate for the Recognition of Constitutional Conventions in the Czech Republic

The concept of constitutional conventions, although more typical for Commonwealth countries, has had its impact also in other countries, including the Czech Republic. A major role in the recognition of constitutional conventions in the Czech Republic’s constitutional system and of their relevance in constitutional adjudication has been played by the Czech Constitutional Court. The paper focuses on the analysis of the important case-law of the Czech Constitutional Court on the subject which literally “opened the gate” for constitutional scholars’ engagement with constitutional conventions in the Czech Republic. It will also suggest why – despite the foregoing – the court's usage of the concept has been until today rather scarce.