PrF COCOA07 Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law
Name in Czech: Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law
doctoral combined, language of instruction: English English
Included in the programme: PrF COCO_ Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law

Final state doctoral examination and defence of the doctoral thesis

The state exam consists of a defense of Thesis and an oral exam. The defense is conducted in front of permanent or ad hoc committee. At defense, a student is expected to explain the object of his or her research and summarize conclusions of the Thesis. In the following discussion, a student is expected to react to submitted reviews and questions of the members of the committee. A regular timeframe of defense is approx. 60 min.

An oral exam is conducted in front of permanent or ad hoc committee. A student is expected to answer, without prior preparation, questions asked by members of the committee. The questions will be related to the list of areas available for a student at least one month before examination – areas will follow the theme of Thesis.

Examination areas:
General Concepts of Legal entities (conceptual view, Corporations, Foundations, Trusts/trust-like forms)
Compliance (concept, corporate governance, foundation governance, fiduciary aspects, Corporate Groups
Estate Planning (also trans-generations), Philanthropy
International Private Law/Cross-border transfers (related)
Financing/Tax/accounting Law/ Financial market regulation (related)
Procedure/Arbitration/Insolvency (related)
A regular timeframe of the oral exam is 60 min.

Requirements of the study

The individual curriculum (Individual Study Plan) is compiled primarily with regard to the dissertation topic. To answer this call, the course DAF3DT03 Doctoral Thesis Project III, which is fulfilled by the defense of the current procedure of preparation of the dissertation thesis, consisting mainly of the defense of the research question, relevant choice of methodology and orientation in the relevant literature, is a part of compulsory courses.

During studies, the student enrolls courses that belong to three sections: Research Module, Thesis Module, and Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law Module.

The supervisor (tutor) sets the student a specific way of completing the courses associated with presentations at conferences or with publications in her/his individual curriculum. After discussion, the supervisor specifies at which conference the student will present her/his contribution and her/his thematic focus - always so that the topic is related to the topic of the dissertation.

Presentations at conferences are related to the course assessments (DAF2DT02 Doctoral Thesis Project II and DAF5DT02 Doctoral Thesis II). Furthermore, the supervisor determines which papers focused on what topic the student will send to publication (the publication of research papers is part of the evaluation of DAF4DT01 Doctoral Thesis I and DAF6DT03 Doctoral Thesis III courses) and in what selection of professional journals (or in other ways). These publications (presentations at a professional conference and publication of a research paper) are intended to meet the condition foreseen by Article 30 (4) c) point 2 of the Study and Examination Regulation.

In accordance with Government Decree No. 274/2016 Coll. the student will be required to engage in internationalization activities. For this purpose, the course of foreign practice is to be enrolled in the second or third year of studies. Completion of this course is conditioned
(a) by studying abroad (at a foreign professional, scientific, academic or research institution of at least one month's duration), or
b) by bringing proof of participation in a project with international participants, with results published or presented abroad.

The supervisor sets out the extent of study abroad according to letter a) in the individual curriculum after discussion with the student. The supervisor also approves of a foreign institution choice.
The supervisor sets a binding procedure, including specific evaluation criteria, for the preparation of the dissertation in the individual curriculum (Thesis Module courses).

During her/his studies, the student has to complete all the courses marked as compulsory (typically these are the courses monitoring the process of the dissertation thesis preparations and the courses focused on methodology and consisting of the courses of the profiling basis, including basic theoretical subjects of the profiling basis).

Because of the characteristic of the Doctoral Study Program "Comparative Corporate foundation and Trust law" as a "research focused", students will not necessarily have to participate directly in teaching the bachelor or master study programs. However, they have to present her/his results to students as a
pedagogical practice. The scope of this presentation will be specified by the supervisor.

The supervisor may, however, determine participation on the indirect pedagogical work within the individual curriculum, should it be in accordance with the dissertation focus.

The individual curriculum will include the preparation of dissertation thesis theses if the Doctoral Board specifies thusly.

The supervisor may also specify within the individual curriculum on which specifics the student is to be focused on during the Research Module courses or, where appropriate, with what practical outputs these courses will be connected with.

Proposal of dissertation topics and topics of defended dissertations

Conflict of interest in a foundation
Fiduciary duties of a trustee
Cross-border philanthropy
Will substitutes and forced heirship
Family Business at the beginning of 21st Century

Recommended progress through the study plan

Comparative Corporate, Foundation and Trust Law(jednooborový) [J01901]


Code Name Guarantor Type of Completion Extent and Intensity Credits Term Profile Cat.
PrF:DAF1CF01Conceptual and comparative understanding of Legal entities (Corporations / Foundations) and Trust K. Ronovskák 0/0/08 1P
PrF:DAF1DT01Doctoral Thesis Project I. K. Ronovskák 0/0/017 1P
PrF:DAF2CF02Compliance and Fiduciary Law (Concept, Corporate and Foundation governance,fiduciary aspects) B. Havelk 0/0/08 2P
PrF:DAF2DT02Doctoral Thesis Project II K. Ronovskák 0/0/017 2P
PrF:DAF3CF03Estate planning incl. trans-generations transfers and financing. Philantropy V. Piherak 0/0/08 3P
PrF:DAF3DT03Doctoral Thesis Project III K. Ronovskák 0/0/030 3P
PrF:DAF4CF04International private law incl. cross-border transfers, Comparative Property Law K. Csachk 0/0/08 4P
PrF:DAF4DT01Doctoral Thesis I K. Ronovskák 0/0/017 4P
PrF:DAF5CF05Selected issues of Tax/Accounting /Financial market regulation J. Kotásekk 0/0/06 5P
PrF:DAF5DT02Doctoral Thesis II K. Ronovskák 0/0/017 5P
PrF:DAF6CF06Procedure/Arbitration/Insolvency (related) E. Dobrovolnák 0/0/06 6P
PrF:DAF6DT03Doctoral Thesis III K. Ronovskák 0/0/017 6P
PrF:DAF7DT04Doctoral Thesis IV K. Ronovskák 0/0/017 7P
PrF:DAF8DT05Doctoral Thesis V K. Ronovskák 0/0/030 8P
PrF:DAFPVP01Internationalization activities K. Ronovskák 0/0/010 --
PrF:DA1RM01Research Methodology T. Sobekz 0/0/06 1Z
PrF:DA2LRM01Legal Research Methodology I R. Zbíralz 0/0/06 2Z
PrF:DA3LRM02Legal Research Methodology II D. Kosařz 0/0/06 3P
PrF:DA4LIR01Legal Issues in Research R. Polčákz 0/0/06 4Z
240 credits