Law and Digital Technologies: UP Faculty of Law opens new doctoral programme in Czech and English

The application process for the new doctoral programme will open on 30 April. Reproduction: UP FL
Thursday 18 April 2024, 14:30 – Text: Eva Hrudníková

A doctoral programme with an interdisciplinary foundation and further possibility of individual choices in narrower concentrations. One oriented on research, with strong support of top results, and of an international character. These are not the only advantages characterising the doctoral programme Právo a digitální technologie/Law and Digital Technologies which the Palacký University Olomouc Faculty of Law (UP FL) is offering for the first time. The application process will open on 30 April.

The programme was accredited in both languages last autumn. The guarantors are the UP Faculty of Law in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science at the UP Faculty of Science (UP FS). Its first students will matriculate in September.

“Our goal in creating the programme was to fill the gap in Czech university education with an interdisciplinary doctoral programme specially profiled on the complex questions regarding the interaction of law and digital technologies. In doing so, Palacký University is joining a general global trend,” said Ondrej Hamuľák, UP FS Vice-Dean for Science and Research, who significantly contributed to the creation of the programme and who will also be one of its teachers. “The need for a programme which will educate highly specialised experts on the question of law in digital technologies and innovations is justified especially due to the rapid development of modern technologies, where legal reactions often significantly lag behind innovative technological solutions,” the vice-dean added.

Anyone with a Master’s degree may apply; one does not have to have a degree in Law. “Applicants with Master’s degree can apply, and students will be accepted who have successfully passed the entrance exam, during which their study prerequisites, levels of knowledge in law and digital technologies and their mutual ties will be examined, as well as whether applicants are prepared for their academic and creative duties in the field,” summarised Michael Kohajda, Vice-Dean for Doctoral Studies, Qualification Proceedings, and Finances, who prepared the programme’s accreditation and who will also teach.

Online informational meetings

For international students

7 May | 10:00 am | Zoom, registration HERE

For Czech students – intended for all interested in doctoral studies at UP FL, regardless of specialisation or programme

9 May | 2 pm | link to be announced

The programme, either in Czech or English, is a standard 4-year study, and students can choose either in-person or combined in-person/online study. The application process is online and will be open from 30 April to 31 May. Entrance exams will take place in mid-July in the form of oral interviews.

Graduates of the Právo a digitální technologie/Law and Digital Technologies programme will be qualified for opportunities as legal experts in the area of digital technologies in public institutions, in the national and international contexts, and also in the private sector as researchers and analysists, as lecturers, and as specialised course leaders.

The programme has a bilingual website.


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