The right to assembly in Poland between 1920-1981 – legal provisions and administration practice. Few remarks on the usefulness of historical research for present-day constitutional law.

The purpose of the presentation is an attempt to answer the question fundamental for both legal historians and constitutionalists: should present research on concrete human right in a concrete system take into account national/local traditions on the matter? The author tries to look closer at polish acts on the right to assembly enacted in Poland 1922/1932 as well as during the communist era in 1962. The main task is to analyse the texts but also their practical application. The author will present results of archival searches on files revealing the process of organization of assemblies, gaining permission, scope, and supervision. He will especially attempt to assess the possible use of their results for a deeper understanding of contemporary law. Territorially, the research is devoted to smaller communities in Kujawy-Pomorze region (west-northern Poland) selected because of the high overall social culture, influence of German law and distance to the political centre of the country.