Václav Janeček

Academic Work and Profile

About me

My name is Václav (pronounceˈvaːtslaf).

I am a legal scholar, philosopher and technology enthusiast.
My research interests include private law, questions of liability, philosophy of legal information and digital ethics.

I am a DPhil student in the Oxford Law Faculty where I analyse the law of damages (supervisor James Goudkamp).
In addition, I collaborate with a research team in the Prague Law Faculty (the team is led by Karel Beran) that explores legal transactions and responsibility of juristic persons.

My latest work includes research on ownership of personal data.

Apart from work, I enjoy mountaineering.

Václav Janeček

Short Academic Biography

After completing grammar school in the Czech Republic, I moved to Prague where I studied philosophy and law.

During my philosophical studies (2007-2011), I focused mainly on the history and development of philosophical ideas in Europe. I was largely influenced by works of Patočka, Hume, and Quine (in reverse order). In my final thesis (supervised by Jakub Jirsa), I explored the role of fictions and fictionalism in law and morality.

At the Faculty of Law in Prague (2007-2013), I studied all major areas of Czech, EU and international law.
In 2012/13, I spent one year at the University of Sussex as a reader in moral philosophy and English law (mainly torts). This stay helped me to complete my law master's thesis on punitive aspects of damages (supervised by Karel Beran and consulted with Mark Davies).

My academic curiosity in conjunction with my background in law and philosophy brought me to PhD studies in Theory, Philosophy, and Sociology of Law (awarded 2017). In my doctoral thesis (2013-2017), I canvassed foundations of liability and responsibility. One of the key aims of this work was to enrich doctrinal debates revolving around liability and responsibility by insights from comparative legal philosophy. This project was, again, supervised by Karel Beran.
In the course of my doctoral studies, I also completed a more doctrinally oriented research project on compensation in the Czech law for which I was awarded the JUDr degree (awarded 2016).

In 2016, I settled in Oxford (Keble College). At the Oxford Law Faculty, I conceptually and ethically analyzed non-compensatory damages under the supervision of James Goudkamp (MSt in Legal Research defended 2017).
Whilst in Oxford, I attended seminars at the Oxford Internet Institute and studied the philosophy of Luciano Floridi whom I later joined in the Digital Ethics Lab (see below).
Currently, I read for the DPhil in Law as the Pontigny Scholar at St Edmund Hall in Oxford.

My academic path so far has been a great joy thanks to many great academics and personalities from whom I could have learned.

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Principal Academic Appointments

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Teaching profile

I am happy to offer tutorials in Philosophy of Law,
Tort Law, Contract Law, Roman Foundations of Private Law,
Comparative Private Law, EU Law, and Digital Privacy.


My teaching experience include:

Philosophy of Law

Tutorial and seminar teaching for
law undergraduates in
Oxford (New College) and Prague (Faculty of Law).
7 terms in total.

Moral philosophy

Tutorial teaching for
philosophy undergraduates in
Prague (Department of Philosophy).
2 terms in total.

Legal Information Systems

Seminar lecturing for
law graduates in
Prague (Faculty of Law).
6 terms in total

Academic publications

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