The doctoral programme Commercial Law is a follow-up to the course of Commercial Law of the Master’s study programme. It deepens the knowledge of Commercial Law in all its subdisciplines, it means in Corporate Law and in Company Law, in Contract Law, Competition and Antitrust Law and the Law of Negotiable Instruments. It teaches the students to independent and critical examination of legal regulation in the area of commerce and enterprise and to the examination of prerequisites and consequences of its influence. The students are obliged to master an essential part of Civil Law at the scientific level, as a wider scientific basis of Commercial Law, as well as the foundations of the methods of scientific work. The essential prerequisite is the knowledge of foreign legal regulations of the examined questions as well as the Czech and foreign judicature and basic doctrinal directions. Further, the requirements concern the EU law: regulations and directives, but also the so called soft law. The broader basis of the field of study consists of preparing for scientific and pedagogical work, language preparation and the basic knowledge on the development of other legal disciplines.
The graduates of the programme are qualified to work in top legal professions in the area of Commercial Law both in inland and abroad. They are able to quickly comprehend formal changes of legal environment and to respond adequately to the shifts in decision-making practice. They are capable of generalization and theoretical reflection of these changes. They can work as consultants, advisors and assistants in the decisive sphere. They are also equipped with pedagogical skills to pass on the newly acquired knowledge to the professional public at high level. In comparison to the graduates of the discipline Civil Law with whom they share the general knowledge of legal regulations and theoretical bases of Civil Law, they are further equipped with specialized and profound knowledge of Corporate Law, of the specifics of Commercial Law of Contract applied to the relations among businessmen, of the Law on Protection of Economic Competition and Law against the Unfair Competition, including unfair business practices, and of the Law on Negotiable Instruments and Capital Market. With regard to the practical focus of the commercial discipline, they also acquire deep knowledge of general public-law regulatory framework of the economic activity of businessmen. They are methodically equipped and trained to think in relevant relations of "law and economics".
A successful graduate is able to:
- perform independent scientific analytical work and present it in the form of scientific and professional articles or expert opinions;
- demonstrate good knowledge in the areas of commercial law as well as in the related professional literature and relevant case-law, and formulate and verify research questions on commercial and general private law relevant to business;
- independently interpret the legislation related to Commercial Law;
- present the results of their research in professional and lay forums;
- teach in Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes;
- disseminate expert knowledge and passing it to the professional public, in Czech as well as in a foreign language.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates
The graduate will be able to apply the acquired education, skills and knowledge for employers, such as universities, scientific institutes, or (if not self-employed) also public authorities, mainly courts. Thanks to the acquired theoretical knowledge, the graduates will also be able to work as highly qualified specialists in legislature. The graduates can find employment in advocacy where they can use the acquired analytical skills to solve complex cases.