R&D in Present

The Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University ranks among top institutions in the field of juridical science and education. The history of these activities reaches back to the very beginnings of its establishment in 1919. It is one of the most prestigious research and educational institutions in the field of law in the Czech Republic as evidenced not only by the greatest interest of applicants within the whole country, but also by many annual surveys of independent journalistic newspapers among the field experts. It is one of four public law faculties in the Czech Republic and it is often characterized as a modern, dynamic faculty focused mainly on the interconnection of educational activity and scientific research. Furthermore, the faculty graduates are continuously rated highly by representatives of both science and practice. The faculty also reaches the first place in using the evaluation and other assessment procedures and quality control, which are introduced in both the management of human resources and the implementation of accredited study programs, research and supporting activities.

Science – Research – Internationalization

The Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University achieves the best results among all law faculties in the Czech Republic in the assessment of science and research as for the number of evaluated results as well as in particular for the number of adjusted points of results, to which a continuous pursuit of the internationalization of faculty and its scientific research activities contributes to. The faculty purposely develops professional and additional partnership relations with law protection institutions and both representative and executive bodies in the Czech Republic, the EU and wider international context. The publishing of collective international monographs is an example of significant achievements in this area. Traditional foreign partners of the faculty include: the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, USA; the Faculty of Law of the University of Białystok, Poland; the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Silesian University in Katowice, Poland; the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor, Slovenia; and the Nottingham Trent University, Great Britain.

Scientific Research Growth of Academic Staff

The Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University supports scientific activities of its personnel by various tools. These tools allow the academic staff to visit foreign institutions and engage in joint research and creation of publications. Last but no least, the participation in international scientific conferences is supported also. In addition, the faculty carries out habilitation procedures and professor appointment procedures. One of the priorities of the faculty’s strategic plan is to provide its academic staff with proper and high quality facilities for scientific research that will enable them to reach the highest academic degrees.

Professional Growth of Students

The faculty also seeks to build a scientific research capacity within its students. An important part of this agenda is a competition called “Student Research Training Activities”, a tradition that dates back to the academic year of 1998/1999 and is annually announced by the Dean of the Faculty. Students compete with their original professional work in the field of Law on themes announced by important public and private institutions. Among other student scientific competitions, there is a competition for the IUS et SOCIETAS Award. Furthermore, every year students participate in significant international moot courts, e.g. the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot, the Philips C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Competition and the Jean-Pictet Competition.

Motivational tools for the students of the doctoral programme are often brought by doctoral supervisors themselves, by individual departments and as well as by university projects supporting doctoral and post-doctoral students. The doctoral students are often fully fledged members of research teams. A major effect of continuous faculty effort is that the proportion of doctoral students in publishing and other activities continues to grow.

The quality of students is also consistently increased through the involvement of foreign teachers into schooling, through the creation of framework for teaching skill subjects and through the requirement of practical experience in the course of study.

Scientific Conferences

The Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University focuses on the enhancement of scientific research competencies of its members among others through supporting their mutual encountering, which is the aim of holding scientific conferences. The major faculty conference, with a high international participation is called,” Days of Law” and is held in autumn. Its counterpart in the spring term is the “COFOLA” Conference, which is held by the doctoral students and focused on students of both doctoral, master’s degree programme and young scientists. Another well-established international conference is the autumn conference, “Cyber ​​Space”. A number of other professional conferences with significant outcomes are realized on department level. Electronic versions of the conference proceedings are freely available on the faculty scientific web portal (www.science.law.muni.cz) and they are a sought source of information for the general professional public.

Library and Information Activities

The Central Faculty Library has a crucial role in handling scientific information. Thanks to the quantity and quality of information, it is a valuable source for a judicial centre of the state. The library continually monitors trends in information sources and constantly expands a range of available electronic databases of scientific texts. In addition, the faculty library has a unique fund of old books. In this collection, there are printed books from the period of 1546 - 1950. The Library has undergone an extensive reconstruction, enlargement and modernization. Since the May of 2015 it has been profiling itself as the centre for information in the field of Law in the Central European area.

Professional Periodicals

The publishing of journals pertains to important scientific research activities of the faculty. The Journal of Jurisprudence and Legal Practice has been issued since 1993. The “Revue pro právo a technologie” (the Magazine for Law and Technologies) is published under the auspices of the faculty’s Institute of Law and Technology as well as a periodical issued in English and entitled The Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology. Many foreign experts contribute especially to the latter one.

Project Activities

The Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University and its members collaborate on national as well as international research projects. The providers include: the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, the European Union (the Horizon 2020, the Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programme, the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, Marie Curie Actions) and others. On the Faculty of Law of Masaryk university is realized project The Rise of Judicial Self-Government in Europe: Changing the Architecture of Separation of Powers without an Architect supported by the European Research Council.

Other Professional activities

The faculty members continuously take part in solving law practice problems by participation in proposing draft legislation, by participation in comment procedures to those proposals, by participation in creating the case law of the courts and by expertise activities. Furthermore, the academic staff is involved in working groups or advisory bodies of the central state administration authorities as the members of control commissions or supervisory bodies of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, the Higher Education Development Fund or as the members in various professional and educational associations.

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