Legal Theory and Public Affairs

Doctoral degree in combined form. The language of instruction is English.

The programme can be studied only as a single subject. Tuition fee is €500 per academic year.

What will you learn?

The mission of the four-year Ph.D. program is to prepare highly qualified specialists for specialized scientific and research professions in the field of law, analysts developing advanced tools and methods of law analysis and specialists dealing with complex legal issues and examining the role and position of law in society. The aim of the program is to master the theoretical knowledge necessary for a deep analysis of law in the context not only of legal sciences, but also of other disciplines reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of law. A multidisciplinary approach accepting sociological, ethnographic, anthropological, psychological or political (and other) methodology makes it possible to recognize the law in a wider social context and to emphasize its characteristics. The aim of the study is also to master practical knowledge and skills in order to enable the graduates to work as researchers employing independent and responsible judgement, to engage in research teams and to cope with the requirements of the current institutionalized scientific environment.

Legal Theory Rules!

The program is aimed at the acquiring the ability to independently define the research issues related to the concepts of theory and philosophy of law, research design and deepening of the ability to independently research in law and legal science. Graduate of the Legal Theory and Public Affairs program will be able to substantively investigate the law and the role of law in society, while focusing on the theoretical and philosophical questions of law and the possibilities of its exploration through other disciplines. At the same time, the graduate will be able to identify current trends in law, analyse them systematically and offer solutions to complex social issues related to the legal field, including minority legal sectors. However, always with an emphasis on the more general and theoretical starting points.

Educational goals emphasize methods, which allow for deep, systematic and up-to-date studies of law and its role in society. Part of the educational objectives is also the emphasis on deep and systematic knowledge and understanding of the different legal and legal philosophical concepts that are at the forefront of analysing law in international context. For this reason, apart from the individual scientific and research work of the student, great attention will be paid to individual current trends in legal philosophy and theory, current methodological directions and multidimensional and interdisciplinary aspects of law and its recognition so that acquired knowledge fully reflects the state on the international scene. An indispensable part of the study of the Doctoral Study Program Legal Theory and Public Affairs is also a separate scientific work involving participation in research projects (domestic and foreign), publication activities, internships at foreign workplaces and pedagogical activities.

An integral part of the programme is also the cooperation with the Institute of the State and the Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, whose scientific staff will participate directly in the teaching, as well as cooperation with foreign institutions researching in legal and legal-philosophical research.

Graduates of the Law Theory and Public Affairs program will be competent researchers who will be able discuss the general issues of legal theory and legal philosophy, will be able to analyse the current legal environment, engage in research teams exploring law and its activities in society, rights and legal trends and at the theoretical level to solve meta-legal problems.

Practical training

The Legal Theory and Public Affairs program does not have a compulsory practice.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of the Doctoral Program of Legal Theory and Public Affairs will be able to engage in international research projects as highly specialized staff of research institutions dealing with the basic methodological questions connected with the research of law. In addition, they will be able to offer deep knowledge and skills needed for complex legal and analytical activities and will therefore be able to not only create these analyses, but also arguments for promoting specific legal actions and tools. The graduate will also develop multidisciplinary skills in the examination of the law that can be used to solve complex social issues and advise on possible legal steps.

Graduates of the doctoral study program will also be able to analyse semi-legal themes that cannot be solved in a conservative and classical way but in which it is necessary to accentuate the basic theoretical premises and objective methodological approach.

Admission requirements

Data from the previous admission procedure (1 Feb – 31 May 2022)

The oral part of the entrance examination shall take place on a single day within the period ranging from 13. 6. 2021 to 17. 6. 2022. The applicant shall be informed of the date via e-mail seven days prior to the date.

Criteria for evaluation

The criteria and the parts of the entrance examination are specified in the conditions for admission

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Law
Type of studies Doctoral
Mode full-time No
combined Yes
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies No
Standard length of studies 4 years
Language of instruction English
Doctoral board and doctoral committees
Tuition fees
The studies are subject to tuition, fees are paid per academic year
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