Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy
Staff at the Theory of Law Department focuses on a number of research questions; it covers foundational questions such as what the law is; whether and how it is connected to other sets of rules or norms. Our staff also conduct research on the intellectual history of the idea of law as well as the theoretical foundations of various legal fields:
Theory of Law Department has traditionally carried out research into the legal language and philosophical analysis of law, especially legal concepts as well as quantitative analysis of the structure of Czech legislation. This line of research is pursued together with the Institute of the Czech Language of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University in Brno, the University of West Bohemia, Faculty of Law in Olomouc, Istituto di Teoria e Techniche dell´Informazione Giuridica – CNR in Florence.
The Department brings legal doctrinal analysis and philosophical argument to bear on key questions of justice, human rights and democracy at the international and national levels. The Department collaborates on permanent basis with a number of prominent research units for a variety of activities: joint conferences, graduate colloquia, joint research projects, and collaborative publications. It explores the role of law in constituting society, the economy and culture. Our diverse intellectual community produce knowledge and use it to engage policy-makers, legislators and NGOs. The Department strives to make our research socially relevant and influential in public debate. Our staff produce a wide range of scholarly publications.