The Department of Theory and History of State and Law was established simultaneously with the Institute of National and International Law, namely, in August, 2003, and has been the only department of the newly created unit for some time.
The department provides teaching of basic legal disciplines for students of the Institute of International Law and Economics and the Economic and Law College: the Theory of State and Law, the General and National History of State and Law, History of the Doctrines of State and Law. At the senior courses of an educational and professional program for training Bachelors of Law, the department lecturers provide such disciplines as "Interpretation of Legal Acts", "Legal Technique and Technology" which are necessary for a lawyer-practician. In addition, the department provides educational and scientific programs for training Masters of Law and Doctors of Philosophy in the field of knowledge "Law".
Thus, the Department of Theory and History of State and Law works at all educational levels of the professional training of lawyers-practicians and lawyers-scientists.
The first head of the department was Associate Professor Natalia Ivanivna Dolmatova. For many years the department has been headed by Professor Anatolii Fedorovych Kryzhanovsky. Since June 1, 2016 the department has been headed by Professor Natalia Mykolayivna Krestovska.
The department provides fundamental training for students from the first year of their studies, as profound basic knowledge is the key to the successful development of special subjects in the future.
The staff of the department uses the rich experience of Odessa law school in scientific research and pedagogical work with students. Today the department staff represents the optimal ratio of experienced educationists, leading scientists and promising young lecturers and researchers.
The professionalism of modern educationist depends on providing new educational technologies and innovative directions of scientific research. The  department lecturers have developed a number of training courses in accordance with the educational programs of the Bachelor, Specialist, Master, and PhD program. The department was the first in Ukraine to introduce such subjects as "Interpretation of Legal Acts" (Professor A.F. Kryzhanovsky, Associate Professor N.B. Arabadzhi), "Legalization in the Mechanism of Law", "Legal Techniques and Technologies " (Associate Professor D.G. Manko).
The scientific work of the department is carried on in two directions: firstly, this research is within the framework of the scientific school "Conceptual Principles of the Formation of Modern Legal Order", headed by Professor A.F. Kryzhanovsky; and secondly, this is a study of research areas of the department staff. Thus, the department carried out the research "Doctrine of the legal order in Ukraine: genesis, current state and prospects", which included, in particular, the Ph.D. theses of N.V. Atamanova, N.B. Arabadzhy, L.V. Shonia.
The department lecturers regularly participate in international scientific and practical conferences both in Ukraine and abroad (Poland, Czech Republic, Romania).
For two years, in October, the department, together with the Department of Civil Law and Process, has been arranging the International Scientific Conference "Ukraine. Eurointegration. Intermarium ", dedicated to the 450th anniversary of the Second (Volyn) Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

An important sphere of the department is training of postgraduate students guided by Professors A.F. Kryzhanovsky, N.M. Krestovska, V.V.Dudchenko, Yu.M. Oborotov, Associate Professors N.I. Dolmatova, D.G. Manko.
In 2014, the first post-graduate student of the department, now Associate Professor Ya.O. Titska defended her Ph.D. thesis “Educational legal relations in Ukraine” for the title of the candidate of Legal Sciences in specialty 12.00.01 – “Theory and History of State and Law; History of Political and Legal Studies”. In subsequent years graduate students M.F. Golovchenko, O.V. Kolomoets, L.V. Shonia and the applicants O.V. Temchenko and Yu.Yu. Zayets defended their Ph.D. theses in specialty 12.00.01 – “Theory and History of State and Law; History of Political and Legal Studies ".
The department organizes students’ scientific work. Associate Professor D.G. Manko manages the work of the debating club “Professional activity of a lawyer”, where the features of the basic technologies of the legal activity realization, specificity of legal qualification of a case, procedures of search, interpretation and clarification of legal norms are being considered.

The department members:

Krestovska Natalia Mykolayivna - Doctor of Law, Professor.
Subjects: Methodology of Legal Sciences; Problems of the Theory of State and Law; History of State and Law Doctrines.
Research areas: theory and history of juvenile law, juvenile justice.
Kryzhanovsky Anatolii Fedorovych - Doctor of Law, Professor, corresponding member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.
Subjects: Interpretation in the Legal Sphere.
Research areas: law and order theory, theory of state.
Dolmatova Natalia Ivanivna - Candidate of Law, Associate Professor.
Subjects: History of the State and Law of Ukraine.
Research areas: history of Ukrainian law and Ukrainian statehood.
Manko Denys Hrygoryevych - Candidate of Law, Associate Professor.
Subjects: Problems of the Theory of State and Law; Legal Techniques and Technologies; Legalization in the Mechanism of Law.
Research areas: legal doctrines; theory of law, legal technique and technology.
Atamanova Natalia Vitaliivna - Candidate of Law, Associate Professor.
Subjects: History of the State and Law of Ukraine; History of Foreign States and Law.
Research areas: history of Ukrainian law and order.
Arabadzhi Natalia Borysivna - Candidate of Law, Associate Professor.
Subjects: Encyclopedia of Law; Theory of State and Law; Interpretation in the Legal Sphere.
Research areas: theory and philosophy of law and order.
Tytska Yana Oleksandrivna - Candidate of Law, Associate Professor.
Subjects: Theory of State and Law.                   
Research areas: educational law.
Zynoviev Kyrylo Serhiyovych - lecturer.
Subjects: Jurisprudence; History of State and Law Doctrines.
Research areas: theory of transitional state.
Dronov Vladyslav Yuriyovych – lecturer.
Subjects: History of the Doctrines of State and Law; General History of State and Law; History of State and Law of Foreign States; History of the State and Ukraine; The Theory of State and Law; Technologies (introduction to specialty).
Research areas: Educational function of the modern state.
Invaluable assistance in achieving the goals and objectives of the department is provided by scientists and lecturers who work part-time:
Oborotov Yury Mykolayovych - Doctor of Law, Professor, corresponding member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.
Research areas: methodology of jurisprudence, axiology of law, theory of state.
Dudchenko Valentyna Vitaliivna - Doctor of Law, Professor, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine.
Research areas: theory and philosophy of law, history of legal doctrines.