International and European Law – Field of study catalogue MU
International and European Law
“International and European Law as an integral part of the law.”
The field of study aims at examination of Public International Law and the Law of the European Union in all their contexts. The students acquire the basic theoretical framework applicable for both specializations and simultanously this discipline enables them the concrete specialization either of Public International Law or the Law of European Union. Both specializations have a common ground, but they differ widely in terms of content for the study of individual partial areas in order to reach the specialization of the graduate with optimal effect. The common ground is general legal theory and those institutes of International and Union's Law which are collective or they overlap (particularly the theory of international organizations following the sovereignty of state, Law of International Contracts).
The objective of the study is to create the deep theoretical basis of the discipline, to develop its ability of application in practice, to achieve the overview of the Global and European trends in the discipline. The main objective of the study is to prepare the student for an independent creative scientific work.
An essential part of the doctoral study is learning the methods and skills of scientific work. A wider basis of the discipline constitutes preparation for scientific and pedagogical work, language preparation and the basic knowledge over development of other legal disciplines. This wider basis is common for the whole doctoral study programme.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- within the spec. of Int. Public Law: to understand the structure and functioning of the int. community on the basis of Int. Law, the system of Int. Law in terms of content, interpretation and application incl. its penetration into nat. and Union’s law;
- within the spec. of EU law: to understand the structure and functioning of formation beyond the national dimension which is the EU, be knowledgeable with the whole system of the EU law and apply it as well as to solve its collision with national law;
- for both specializations: to understand the nature and functioning of very specific legal systems which are beyond the national dimension of law;
The programme is intended particularly for those who want to engage in academic career and scientific work, alternatively to those who want to acquire the deeper theoretical knowledge in some of the stated disciplines.
The study plan is created individually on the basis of agreement between the student and supervisor in compliance with valid accreditation. The study plan is approved by the commission of discipline upon a proposal of supervisor. It contains the theme of the doctoral thesis, required courses (it means the courses bound to the discipline and to its wider basis including the language), selective courses (it means the courses bound to the pedagogical work and the doctoral thesis) and requirements of supervisor. During the study (the standard duration of studies is four years) the student is obliged to complete all required courses and further selective courses to the extent of minimum 16 credits. The student is obliged to pass the state doctoral examination and submit the doctoral thesis on topic bound to the displine for its defence.
Practical training is nor required.
The study is credited by the system ECTS and it is necessary to acquire at least 240 credits for its successful completion (minimum credit profit required for entry into further year of study is 20). The student is obliged to complete the state doctoral examination which usually takes place in third or fourth year of the study, it is oral, has a commission nature and its content consists of the themes of discipline courses. The study is then completed by the defence of the doctoral thesis which is an original scientific work drawn up on topic specified by the study plan. Minimum required extent of the doctoral thesis is 150 pages, where it being understood that the thesis or its essential part will have been published in some of usual ways by the time of its defence (it means in form of peer-reviewed articles, monograph etc.)
There is no follow-up study programme to this study.