The scope of the programme is general, with a significant cross-national dimension. The programme is unique in a number of ways, especially in the comparative perspective within the international context, its "functional" view of law, as well as the high level of specialism and multidisciplinarity. The programme utilizes the advantage of the geographical location of the Czech Republic in the Central European region, as a place where different factors influence and interact. The introduction of the programme responds to the demands of legal professionals who have been calling for graduates who are not only proficient in foreign languages but also competent in viewing legal issues from the broader perspective extending beyond the borders of individual countries and continents. The teaching in this programme involves a direct participation of scholars from the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University, the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and also an extensive network of both national and international scholars and experts.
Please see the official programme catalogue for the overview of courses.
Ph.D. theses topics
The following illustrative topics fall within the degree programme:
- Conflict of interest in a foundation
- Fiduciary duties of a trustee
- Cross-border philanthropy
- Will substitutes and forced heirship
- Family Business at the beginning of 21st Century
- Fiduciary Law between Corporation and Foundation
- Business judgment rule in Foundation
- Role of Best Practice in Corporate Compliance
- Learning outcomes
- Occupational Profiles of Graduates
- Practical Training
- Goals of Theses
are available from the official programme catalogue.
Key staff profiles
Doc. JUDr. Kateřina Ronovská, Ph.D., graduated from the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, where she currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Law. She teaches Civil law, does her research mainly in the area of Law on Foundation and Trusts (in international context). She is the author of numerous publications and articles in professional journals. Apart from Brno, the Czech Republic (Masaryk University), she also studied in Hamburg, Germany (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, 2011), in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Vrije Universtiteit Amsterdam, 2001) and Lausanne, Switzerland (Institute Suisse Droit Comparé, 2001).
She is actively involved in international projects of comparative law (e.g. Fundation Europea) and also the Czech legislative process (mainly in connection with the reform of private law in the Czech Republic). She is a member of the Scientific Board of Faculty of Law at Masaryk University and the Finance and Legislative Committee of the Government Council for non-governmental organisations.
Doc. JUDr. Josef Kotásek, Ph.D., is a member of the Department of Commercial Law at the Law Faculty at Masaryk University. His area of expertise are securities, commercial papers, corporate and financial law, the topic he teaches at Masaryk University and also publishes about. He is a member of various scientific expert and advisory bodies (Scientific Board of Faculty of Law at Masaryk University, Scientific Board of Faculty of Law Olomouc, Appeal Committee of Czech National Bank) and works as a arbitrator of the Arbitration Court attached to the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic, also as an arbitrator of Slovak Bank Association). Josef Kotásek authored over 80 scientific papers, books and articles related mostly to commercial law, securities and commercial papers.
Doc. JUDr. Bohumil Havel, Ph.D., graduated from the Faculty of Law in Pilsen, Czech Republic, works as scientific researcher in the Institute of Law of the Czech Academy of Science and teaches insolvency law at the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague. The objects of his scientific interest are civil law – area of legal persons, corporate and insolvency law. He was a co-drafter of the Czech Insolvency Act and the main drafter of the Czech Companies Act. He is a member of various committees, e.g. Legislative Council of the Czech Government, Committee for insolvency law at the Ministry of Justice. He published several books and many of articles in professional journals, including participation in the leading commentary to the Companies Act. He works also as of counsel in a large Czech law firm.
JUDr. Vlastimil Pihera, Ph.D. graduated from the Faculty of Law in Pilsen, Czech Republic, works as a scientific researcher in the Institute of Law of the Czech Academy of Science and as a counsel in Kocián Šolc Balaštík law firm in Prague. Vlastimil focuses on corporate law and the law of financial markets. He has published several books and many articles in professional journals, including participation in leading commentary to Act on Banks.
JUDr. Eva Dobrovolná, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Department of Civil Law, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University. She teaches and publishes in property law and civil procedure law. She is also a counsel in an international law firm seated in Vienna. Eva is a member of expert group on new Czech Civil Procedure Code. She is a fellow of the International Society of Civil Procedure Law (Zivilprozessrechtslehrervereinigung) and teaches and publishes occasionally in Austria and Germany.
Doc. JUDr. Kristián Csach, Ph.D., LL.M. is an associate professor in Commercial law at the Law Faculty, University in Trnava, Slovakia, specialized in Commercial, Corporate, Contract, and Private International Law. He earned his Ph.D. in Košice and LL.M. in Commercial law in Hamburg. He authored 3 monographs and more than 140 articles focusing on Civil Law, Commercial and Company Law, Private International Law and Europeanization of Private Law and is the co-author of leading Slovak Commentaries on Commercial Code, Civil Code and Act on Arbitration. He has been participating in the legislative process of recent Slovak commercial legislation. Kristian Csach is also a lecturer at the Judicial Academy of the Slovak Republic and head of its Legal database department and Attorney at Law (Of counsel PRK Partners s.r.o). He acts as an arbitrator to the Arbitral Tribunal of the Slovak Bar Association and has been acting as arbitrator in multiple national and international commercial arbitral proceedings. He was external counsel to the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic in 2011-2014. In 2011 he was awarded the "Young scientist under 35 Award for 2011" by the Ministry of Education for the works on procedural injustice in unfair negotiations in commercial and consumer law.
Furthermore, the Ph.D. researchers may use the possibility to consult their respective topics with selected members of the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences.