Václav Janeček

DPhil in Law

Other affiliations

Law Faculty Department of Computer Science


Václav Janeček is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. At the Oxford Law Faculty, Václav contributes to the delivery of the Law and Computer Science course as a guest lecturer. He is also an Associate Member of the Department of Computer Science in Oxford. 

His work focuses on private law theory and philosophical puzzles at the intersection of law and computer science. He has recently completed his second doctorate (DPhil in Law) which explored the role of public interests in the English law of damages (supervised by James Goudkamp).

Together with Rebecca Williams and Tom Melham he is a Co-Director of the Oxford LawTech Education Programme.

Previously, Václav was a Research and Course Development Fellow in Law and Technology, working on the project ‘Unlocking the Potential of AI for English Law’.

His first PhD (in Theory, Philosophy and Sociology of Law) examined the concept of legal responsibility from doctrinal, comparative, historical and philosophical viewpoints (supervised by Karel Beran).

Václav has postdoctoral research experience from the Institute of Law and Technology (Brno) and the Digital Ethics Lab (Oxford Internet Institute). He was also a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg), at the Institute for European Tort Law (Vienna), and at the European University Institute (Fiesole).

In 2018 and 2019, Václav served as an associate editor for the Oxford Business Law Blog.

Václav studied law and philosophy at Charles University and the University of Sussex. Earlier in his career, he practised law in the Czech Republic for several years, specialising in private law, public procurement, and ICT law.