Václav Janeček is a Research and Course Development Fellow in Law and Technology (within the project ‘Unlocking the Potential of AI for English Law’). His research interests span law, philosophy and technology.
His recent work includes a paper on ‘data extra commercium’, a pioneering study on ownership of personal data in the Internet of Things (awarded the Ius Commune Prize and the Jacques Derrida Special Prize), and a co-authored monograph on liability and transactions of artificial legal entities. He is also an advisor to the European Law Institute's and American Law Institute's joint project on the ‘Principles for a Data Economy’.
Václav has postdoctoral research experience from 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).
Since 2018, Václav has been serving as an associate editor for the Oxford Business Law Blog.
Before starting as a Fellow, Václav worked towards his second doctorate, exploring the role of public interests in the English law of damages (supervisor James Goudkmap). His first PhD examined the institute of legal responsibility from doctrinal, comparative, historical and philosophical viewpoints (supervisor Karel Beran). Václav’s doctoral research served as a basis for his book entitled Critique of Legal Responsibility (Wolters Kluwer 2017) which was awarded the Bolzano Prize and ranked as the best law monograph.
Václav studied law and philosophy at Charles University and the University of Sussex. Earlier in his career, he had practiced law in the Czech Republic for several years, specialising in private law, public procurement, and ICT law.