Analysis of the regulation of voluntary activity in the public interest as a form of work

Zsuzsanna Zugor


An important principle of the sociology of law is that law is the written rule of social coexistence, and it determines the daily functioning and movement of social groups and individuals. But as society changes, law must change accordingly. If legislators wish to provide a supportive environment in areas of dynamic change and externalities such as the non-profit sector and volunteering, they must increasingly resort to innovative techniques and invent new forms and methods of employment or financing that did not exist before. In Hungary, the legal regulation of volunteering for the public interest (Act LXXXVIII of 2005) has existed for 15 years and has been amended dozens of times (mostly for technical reasons), but it has not yet been comprehensively revised, while the motivation, the economic and social environment, and - in many cases - the target of the volunteer activity has changed significantly. In my study, I will review the regulation of volunteering as contractual work and compare it with the Civil Code and the Labor Code, highlighting several inconsistencies.

Keywords: volunteering, voluntary law, employment, review Civil Code, review Labor Code, contractual work,