Law Quadrangle (formerly Law Quad Notes)


The following essay is based on the book, Czecho/Slovakia: Ethnic Conflict, Constitutional Fissure, Negotiated Breakup, recently published by University of Michigan Press, © 1997. Publication is by pennission.

Almost five years have passed since the breakup of Czecho Slovakia on Dec. 31, 1992. It may not be too early to start the process of appraising the role played by Vaclav Havel in the Czech-Slovak constitutional negotiations that ended in the dismantling of the state. While most records of the last crucial phase are not available as yet, some direct participants are prepared to talk about their experience. Moreover, because the time elapsed is relatively short, the historic reality of the outcome has not settled so firmly as to make difficult a consideration of alternative choices of conduct that might have been available at critical stages of the negotiations.