About the Programme

Ph.D. European and International Law

Key features

  • 3 years (6 semesters) full-time or part-time program with the possibility of study period extension up to 6 years
  • challenging degree programme in European and International law
  • close contact with professors
  • stimulating environment
  • scholarship and grant opportunities for outstanding students
  • Palacký University ranks second best Czech University (and 658th in global ranking) among world’s best universities (CWUR, Center for World University Rankings 2016)

Programme overview

Ph.D. International and European Law Programme is a post-graduate study-programme that combines an advanced law formation and research in European and International law. Tuition and research is supervised by internationally experienced academics.

Students will acquire a deep understanding of European and International law. They also have an opportunity to choose from a variety of specialised subjects reflecting research interest of individual students. Due to this unique combination of international and European law formation students are well theoretically equipped to conduct a contextual and in-depth research. Next to the theoretical focus the programme offers courses on research methods, conduct of independent academic research and presentation of outcomes. Students may also have teaching responsibilities.

Research topics focus especially on the following areas:

  • European Union Law (e.g. various issues of EU Constitutional Law, EU Economic Law, EU Social Law, EU Migration Law, EU External Relations, EU Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, European Human rights, EU Judicial System, application of EU Law in national legal systems, esp. by constitutional courts, etc.)
  • Public International Law (e.g. various aspects of general international law, e.g. responsibility, non-state actors in international law, or specific areas, such as International Human Rights Law, Law on the Use of Force, Law of Armed Conflict, Law of International Organisations, International Humanitarian Law)
  • Private International Law (Including arbitration).

The postgraduate students are encouraged to participate in various conferences and workshops organised by the Faculty of Law or at other academic and research institutions. Excellent students may be supported by University scholarships and grants.

Organization of studies

The PhD in European and International Law is a 3 years (maximum 6 years) full-time or part-time programme. Full-time programme requires regular presence of students at the Faculty of Law, whereas part-time students are allowed a more flexible schedule and their presence is not required on a regular basis.

All PhD students (full-time and part-time) must complete the same study duties, such as participation in lectures, submitting coursework, participation in workshops organized by the department where the student is enrolled, participation in conferences in the Czech Republic or abroad, publishing activities.

PhD students must complete and present a dissertation, demonstrating originality and innovation on the subject of their advanced study and research. The subject is chosen by the candidate, but must be approved by the Faculty of Law. In order to complete the programme, students must present themselves for a defense of their disseration and a doctoral state examination on the subject of their thesis and its general field of scholarship. The doctoral state examination and the defense of the dissertation take an oral form and take place at the Faculty of Law of Palacky University in Olomouc.

Contacts


Questions related to the curriculum

         JUDr. Martin Faix, Ph.D., MJI
         email: martin.faix@upol.cz
         tel.: +420 585 637 684


Questions related to the dissertation thesis proposal

         doc. JUDr. Václav Stehlík, Ph.D., LL.M.
         email: vaclav.stehlik@upol.cz
         tel.: +420 585 637 679


Questions related to the programme administration

         Mrs. Radana Kuncová 
         International Office
         email: radana.kuncova@upol.cz
         tel.: +420 585 637 675

         Mrs. Lucie Kovaříková
         International Office
         email: lucie.kovarikova@upol.cz
         tel.: +420 585 637 675