Environmental Law


Field of study: Environmental Law (6801V021)
Programme of study: Theoretical Legal Sciences (P6801)
Form of study: full-time
Number of admitted students in the previous academic year: 0
Number of applicants in the previous academic year: 0
Form of study: combined
Number of admitted students in the previous academic year: 0
Number of applicants in the previous academic year: 0
Standard length of study: 3 years
Fee for study in English: CZK 130,000
Form of application: electronic, paper
Field specification
The aim of the field of study is to deepen knowledge of the theoretical principles of environmental law through studying both environmental issues and related theoretical public law issues as general background of the field. At the same time, study should help a doctoral student to get better oriented in a rather flexible field, which environmental law undoubtedly is (given the frequency of legislative amendments). What constitutes the basis of the field is understanding of systems of international law, European Community law, and Czech national law with the possibility of using theoretical and practical knowledge from the field of legal comparison. The acquired theoretical knowledge should serve as a basis for dealing with particular issues selected as the topic of the dissertation thesis. The dissertation should focus on theoretical legal issues and their possible application in follow-up practice.
Description of entrance examination and assessment criteria
The entrance examination is oral and consists of one round. It is taken in either the Czech language or Slovak language; in the case of study in English, the exam is taken in the English language. The exam tests primarily the relevant knowledge and readiness of the applicant for independent scholarly work in the chosen field.
A maximum amount of 60 points may be obtained in the entrance examination. The total number of points obtained by a candidate consists of aggregating scores in individual parts of the entrance examination. The points are distributed among individual parts of the entrance examination as follows:
·         a professional discourse on the presented topic of the dissertation project (0-30 points);
·         evaluation of previous professional activity (0-10 points);
·         proving one’s knowledge acquired by reading professional literature and knowledge of the respective field in the extent required for the State Final Examination, or, in case of fields that are not subject to the State Final Examination, knowledge in the extent of an advancement examination (0-20 points).
An applicant who obtains at least 40 points in the entrance examination may be admitted to study. The maximum number of applicants admitted to full-time study is determined by decision of the Dean. The Dean will set the number before the regular date of examination and a maximum number of admitted students will be posted in the public part of the website of the FoL.
The Dean will issue a decision in the affirmative or in the negative (i.e. admission or non-admission to study) within thirty days of the verification of fulfilment of the requirements for admission to study. The Faculty of Law will send a decision to all applicants via a registered letter that is to be delivered to the addressee in person only. The decision on admission may be delivered through the Study Information System if the applicant consented there to in his/her application for study.
Information about employability of graduates
The field of study should shape a graduate as someone with profound knowledge of the selected issues and with theoretical background mainly in the field of environmental law. What should also be a part of the profile of a graduate from the field of study is the capability of independent creative activity in the field of environmental law, as well as the ability to apply theoretical specialised knowledge in practice.
Prof. JUDr. Milan Damohorský, DrSc., Head of the Department, damohors @ prf.cuni.cz
Contact Person:
JUDr. Michal Sobotka, Ph.D., Sobotka @ prf.cuni.cz
Prof. JUDr. Milan Damohorský, DrSc., damohors @ prf.cuni.cz


Doc. JUDr. Vojtěch Stejskal, DrSc., stejskal @ prf.cuni.cz


General course – lectures:

Principles of Environmental Law

System and Sources of Environmental Law

Environmental Liability

Ownership and Environment.

Right to Favourable Environment.

Legal Protection of Air, Water and Land.


Possible topics of doctoral thesis

Liability for Environmental Damage

The Right of Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making

Legal Instruments for the Protection of Biodiversity

Role of Courts in Environmental Protection

Economic Instruments of the Protection of the Environment

Fresh Waters Legal Protection

Environmental Criminal Law

Climate Change from the Legal Perspective


Important Links

Information System Studium


LL.M. Programmes





Faculty Periodicals

AUC Iuridica 3/2018


Jurisprudence 4/2018




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