Ph.D. in European and International Law


Program Description


Key features

  • 3 years (6 semesters) full-time or up to 5 years part-time (distance study) programme
  • challenging degree programme in European and International law
  • close contact with professors
  • a stimulating environment
  • scholarship and grant opportunities for outstanding students

Programme overview


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

Students will acquire a deep understanding of the European and international law. They also have an opportunity to choose from a variety of specialized 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, the 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 organized by the Faculty of Law or at other academic and research institutions. Excellent students may be supported by University scholarships and grants.


How to apply

Application deadline: June, 17

  • Complete the online Application Form at
  • After filling in the online application form, upload and submit the following documents:
    • Structured Curriculum Vitae (signed)
    • Certified copy of Master´s degree diploma in law or similar field of study. You are also eligible to apply during the last year of your current study programme, provided you obtain your final degree and submit a certified copy before 30 September of the respective year.
    • Official academic transcripts and certificates from the University (or a certified copy)
    • Letter of Motivation
    • Letter of Recommendation – from a professor or an academic who can assess applicant’s ability and motivation to enroll in the program
    • Proof of English language competence (CEFR level B2) – to be proven by English language certificates (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE) or documents about previous university studies in the English language
    • Passport Copy of valid passport or European ID card – a photocopy of the page with a photograph and personal data
    • Dissertation project proposal – the proposal of 1,000-1,500 words must define the theoretical or empirical research field of the dissertation project, overall aim of the research, state-of-the-art discussion of theory and research in the area, suggested methodological approach, and bibliography
    • Additional documentation (if relevant) – proofs of professional activity in the chosen field of study (such as conference participation, non-degree study, publications, etc.).
    All the documents stated above (accompanied by a certified translation to Czech or English, if not originally in one of these languages) must be submitted by the deadline also as officially authenticated hard copies by regular mail, express mail or registered mail to the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Law.
  • Pay the application fee of CZK 580 (equivalent in EUR) online or by a bank transfer.
  • You will be invited for an entrance examination. The entrance examination consists of an interview, at which the applicant presents the dissertation project before a board of professors. In case of international students the Faculty of Law may decide on the admission on the basis of submitted documents. However, additionally, a Skype interview may be required.

Research and development

Key activities in the program are carried out by the Department of International and European Law which ranks among leading research institutes in the field. The programme is enriched by expertise from other departments (Department of Political Science, Department of Constitutional Law) and via an extensive research network with various research and academic institutions across Europe. Members of this department cover a great number of fields in international and European law in their expertise. Ongoing and past activities include research projects supported by the European Commission, the European Social Fund, the Czech Science Foundation, the International Visegrad Fund, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Palacký University in Olomouc (IGA).

Besides research activities, the department engages in numerous tuition-support projects whose purpose is to maintain excellence in legal tuition and formation at the Faculty of Law. Ongoing and past activities include projects supported by the European Commission (e.g. Jean Monnet Modules), the European Social Fund, the University Development Fund (established by the Czech Ministry of Education), and Palacký University Development Fund (established by the University).

Last updated Jun 2020

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