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Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law

Who should be interested?

The Ph.D. in Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law is a unique Ph.D. degree programme designed for students with various expectations: practitioners (solicitors, in-house practitioners, public servants, judicial officials etc.) looking for new professional challenges as well as for students –aspiring legal academics – aiming at scientific or scholarly careers in this challenging discipline.

The approach

The programme focuses on dynamically developing inter-sectorial/disciplinary fields of Corporate, Foundation and Trust (Trust- like) law from a comparative perspective. The scope of the programme in general, with a significant cross-national (European) dimension. One of the main advantages of this programme is the extensive network of international scholars and experts, who are involved, and also the geographical location of the Czech Republic in the Central European region, as a place where different factors influence and interact.

The curriculum

The curriculum consists primarily of tutored research leading to the completion of one’s doctoral thesis. In addition, there are doctoral sessions, colloquia and tutored distance learning in Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust law, Research methodology and Academic skills.

The programme could be studied as full-time (on-site) or as combined (i.e presence on site not required, however the student has to still attend the needed colloqiums/discussions/consultations/workshops in person).

Full overview of the study plan can be found on this website.

Profiles of graduates

Graduates from the study programme may find better employment opportunities, above all, in these professional positions (after meeting other professional criteria):

  • Attorney-at-law specializing in international business law and estate planning;
  • Academic researcher in national and international research institutes;
  • Notaries notarial activities;
  • Assets administrator (family office, investment companies, companies specializing in the administration of property);
  • Judges (or their assistants) applying comparative law in their work;
  • Employees of central bodies of state administration (f.e. legislative councils at ministries);
  • Employees of legal departments of business corporations.

The study programme of Comparative, Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law does not (cannot) replace professional preparation for regulated occupations (tax advisors, attorney-at-law, notaries, judges etc).

Programme Director Josef Kotásek
Field of study Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law
Degree doctoral (Ph.D.)
Language English
Study format full-time study / part-time
Venue Brno / Prague
Positions 2 (max. 1 full-time)
Tuition fee per semester 6 250 CZK (approx. 250 EUR)
  • scholarships covering up to full tuition fees are available upon a special request for up to 2 students per year
  • Scholarship programme
Admission requirements
  • Master's degree
  • At least C1 English language skills
  • Comprehensive research proposal (min. 7200 characters)
  • CV including a list of publications
Start Date September 2024
Deadline for Applications May 15 2024

September 2024

Doctoral Board

Administrative contact:

Mgr. Vendula Strnadová

Phone number: 549 49 8029
Address: Budova PrF MU, Veveří 70, 611 80 Brno
Room: 108

This programme was created in project Transitional Jurisprudence (CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_018/0002597) supported by the ESF.

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