Study programmes for academic year 2018/2019

European and International Law

Faculty Faculty of Law
Study, form, type single-major, part-time, doctoral
Language of instruction English
Length of study (years) 3
Academic title Ph.D.
Estimation of admissions next year 9 (max. 9)
Study guaranteed by Stehlík Václav, doc. JUDr. LL.M. Ph.D.

Programme description

The doctoral degree programme in Theoretical Legal Sciences within the field of European and international law focuses on the creative activity and training of scholars and academic staff with a scientific approach to solving both the theoretical and practical problems within the domain of european and international law.

Requirements for admission

A candidate who has completed a master's degree, has demonstrated the ability of independent scientific work and has proved adequate knowledge of a specialized foreign language may be admitted for studies. The entrance examination takes the form of an oral interview. The objective of the entrance examination is to verify the specialized knowledge of the candidate in the field for which they apply, his or her ability to conduct scientific work, motivation to study and language competencies. Alumni of universities other than Palacky University must submit an application that will include a certified copy of the diploma of completion of the master's degree programme and a certified copy of the Diploma Supplement (or the State Final Examination Certificate) or a certificate of completion of the master's degree programme. The application must include the main propositions of the dissertation thesis of approximately 1000-1500 words (we recommend discussing the propositions in advance with the relevant department) and an affidavit on whether or not the applicant was a Ph.D. student at another faculty of Palacky University or at another institution in the past.

The application form of applicants for doctoral studies in European and International Law in English has to include:


- structured CV with handwritten signature

- certified copy of the diploma (at least Masters Degree)

- an official listing of the results of the previous study (or certified copy), or Diploma Supplement

- letter of motivation

- a letter of recommendation - from a teacher from previous university studies, to demonstrate the skills, interest and motivation of the applicant

- Certificate of English-language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE) at least at B2 CEFR level, or a document certifying applicant's previous English language courses or studies in English

- passport - copy of the page with photo and personal data

- project of the dissertation thesis in the range of 1000-1500 words (must define the area of the research of the dissertation thesis, specify the overall aim of the research, propose methods and include a list of literature)

- other documentation (if relevant) - confirming other activities in the field of study (such as participation in conferences, other studies/courses, publications, etc.)


Documents are delivered in English or Czech. Documents in a language other than English or Czech must be provided with an official translation into English or Czech.


In the case of foreign students, the participation in the oral admission examination may be waived and decision on the acceptance / non-acceptance may be taken on the basis of the submitted documents. If needed, an interview using Skype may be required instead of an oral admission exam.


Deadline for submitting applications: 1 April 2018 - 15 June 2018

Oral entrance examinations date: within the week of 25 June 2018

The Faculty only accepts electronically submitted applications.

The compulsory filing fee is 650 CZK.

The fee of 650 CZK covering admission proceedings costs shall be paid immediately following the choice of study programme or field of study. Details on the payment method and payment details are given in the electronic application form. This fee is non-refundable.

The application to study shall be regarded as delivered by the candidate only upon the successful payment of the fee for admission proceedings costs.

Medical fitness requirements

Not required

Programme teaching goals

The objective of the doctoral degree programme in this field of study is to reinforce specialized knowledge, skills and competencies of students to become, after completing their doctoral studies, highly qualified experts in the field of European and international law with the potential for scientific research.

Graduates‘ profile

The doctoral degree programme graduate in the field of European and international law is an excellent specialist in this domain of law, proving an in-depth knowlege of legal methodology and of the institutes of European and international law in the selected specialized domain, while being able to present the results of his or her own research in the form of high quality scientific publications. At the same time, the graduate understands ethical aspects of legal practice and responsibilites related to its performance. The doctoral degree programme graduate is, above all, an expert in the domain of legal methodology since it is considered indispensable for quality performance of legal professions. Besides the knowledge of legal institutes of European and international law, Including their historical roots and international context, the graduate will be able to make proper use of his or her knowledge in resolving complex expert legal issues and to present his or her findings in a proper scientific form.

Employability prospect

Legal science and legal practice are inseparable from each other, therefore a doctoral degree programme graduate in the field of European and international law as an excellent expert with an in-depth knowledge and a person who has comprehensive skills will be a suitable candidate for employment mainly in legal practice, i.e. in all typical legal professions (judge, attorney, notary public, prosecutor etc.). At the same time he or she will be employable in the academic sphere as an educator in higher institutions or as a scientific researcher in scientific research institutions. The acquired knowledge and skills obtained could also be used in publishing.

Regulated occupation

This study programme is not a required qualification for any regulated profession.

Possible job positions

The graduate of this study programme will be qualified for scientific work at higher education institutions or at other scientific institutions (such as the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), including foreign universities and multinational research teams. The acquired knowledge and skills can also be applied in areas with high qualification requirements (such as specialized fields of advocacy or the judiciary etc.) and also in international institutions and organizations.