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The faculty of the Centre comprises scholars who are affiliated to the Institute of Law and State of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the leading universities of the Czech Republic. While the research interests of the faculty members are diverse, they all share a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach to legal research, which synthesizes the legal doctrine with other disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. The multidisciplinary scope and international sensitivity of our faculty is conducive to publications and other research outcomes that integrate domestic with international legal scholarship, appearing regularly in national and international peer reviewed publications.

To visit the profiles of individual faculty members follow the links below:
Robert Alexy
Petr Agha
Mariano Croce
Marco Goldoni
Axel Gosseries
George Pavlakos

Robert Alexy (Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Affairs)
Prof. Robert Alexy hat in Göttingen Rechtswissenschaft und Philosophie studiert. Er wurde 1976 mit einer von der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen preisgekrönten Arbeit promoviert und hat sich dort 1984 habilitiert. Nach Ablehnung eines Rufes an die Universität Regensburg nahm er 1986 den Ruf an die CAU an. 1991 lehnte er einen Ruf an die Universität Graz und 1998 einen Ruf an die Universität Göttingen ab. Prof. Alexy war von 1994 bis 1998 Präsident der Deutschen Sektion der Internationalen Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie. Er ist seit 2002 ordentliches Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen. Seit 2008 verliehen ihm die Universitäten Alicante, Buenos Aires, Tucumán, Antwerpen, Lima (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos und Universidad Ricardo Palma), die brasilianische Bundesuniversität Teresina, die Karls-Universität zu Prag und die Universität zu Coimbra die Ehrendoktorwürde. 

Petr Agha (Deputy Director)

 Petr Agha is the Deputy Director of the CeLAPA and a research fellow at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values. He is also a lecturer at the Law Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. In the past he worked at the office of the Czech Human Rights Commissioner as well as for various NGOs. Petr studied human rights law and political sciences in Brno, Belfast and Antwerp. He was the recipient of Chevening Scholarship funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He publishes mainly in the area of political and legal theory and human rights law.

George Pavlakos (Director)

George Pavlakos joined is a founding member of the Centre of Law and Public Affairs since 2013, when he was made "J.E. Purkyne" Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of State and Law, at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is a Research Professor in Globalisation and Legal Theory and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He also holds the chair in Globalisation and Legal Theory at the School of Law, University of Glasgow. From 2001 to 2007 he was the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. From 2005 to 2012 he was a regular visiting Professor at the chair of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at the Faculty of Law, University of Kiel, Germany.

George studied Law in Athens, Kiel and Edinburgh. During his doctoral studies he received scholarships from the Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation (I.K.Y.) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. In 1995 he was called to the Bar of Athens where he practiced for a short period. George has been the recipient of a number of personal research awards, amongst them the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowhip (three times); a Research Foundation Flanders Project and a research Fellowship from the Cornell Law School. In recent years he has been invited to present his work in Yaounde (Catholic University of Central Africa), Singapore (NUS), Baltimore (APA Eastern Division), Birmingham, UCLA, Göttingen, Kiel, Kings College London, Hull, Mexico City (ITAM), Krakow, Frankfurt aM, KU Leuven. In 2012 he was a visiting scholar at the Law & Philosophy Program at UCLA. His published work, mainly in the area of legal theory and philosophy, includes several edited collections and a monograph, entitled ‘Our Knowledge of the Law’, published by Hart Publishing. Another monograph in German, under the title ‘Rechtsontologie und praktische Vernunft’, appeared in 2008 in Nomos Verlag. In addition he has published numerous articles in refereed journals and edited volumes. He is general editor of the book series Law and Practical Reason at Hart Publishing and general co-editor of the journal Jurisprudence published by the same publisher.

 Marco Goldoni

Marco holds a degree (LL.M) in Law and a degree in Philosophy, both from the University of Bologna. In 2007 he earned a PhD in “Constitutional Justice and Fundamental Rights” from the University of Pisa.  Marco has also worked as a research assistant in the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna and the Faculty of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. From 2008 to 2012 he has worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values of the University of Antwerp. He is also holds a position of a Lecturer in Legal Theory at the School of Law, University of Glasgow.

Axel Gosseries (Franz Weyr Fellow 2014 - 2018)

Axel Gosseries is a Maitre de recherches at the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique and a Professor at Louvain University (Hoover Chair, UCL, Belgium). He holds a PhD in philosophy (Louvain, 2000) and an LL.M. (London, 1996). He has spend time abroad doing research (Oxford, Canberra, Montreal, Collegium Budapest, Bergen, Harvard, Melbourne, Onati, Prague) and teaching (Karkow, Bern, Montevideo, Di Tella (Buenos Aires), Rio (UFF), Bucharest, Braga, Tbilissi, Yerevan). He works in the field of political philosophy and especially on (1) issues of intergenerational justice, (2) the respective role of states and firms, (3) ethical challenges to tradable quotas schemes, and (4) the political philosophy of information.
He is the author of Penser la justice entre les générations (Aubier-Flammarion, 2004) and the co-editor of three books including one on intellectual property issues (Palgrave 2008) and another on issues of intergenerational justice (OUP, 2009). He is the author of more than 50 articles and chapters in philosophy, law and economics books and journals, including J. of Political Philosophy ; Politics, Philosophy & Economics ; Loyola of Los Angeles Law Rev. ; New York University Environmental Law J. ; International Economic Rev., Economics & Philosophy ; J. of Environmental Economics and Management.

Mariano Croce

Mariano is FWO Pegasus Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp. His research includes political philosophy, legal theory, legal pluralism and socio-legal studies. He obtained a degree in Philosophy (2003) and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy (2007) at Sapienza – Università di Roma. From 2007 to 2008 he worked as Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Salerno. From 2007 to 2012 he held the post of Adjunct Professor of Legal Philosophy at Sapienza – Università di Roma. In 2011-2012 he worked as a Post-Doc Research Fellow at Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies based at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and he co-convened with Prof. Werner Menski the course on Legal Systems of Asia and Africa (School of Law). His current research focuses on the relation between politics, law and society. In particular he is now examining the issue of same-sex marriage to understand the way law and juridico-political institutions affect the construction of both individual and social identities by promoting specific models of relationships.