Václav Janeček (St Edmund Hall) is a research student in the Oxford Law Faculty. His work focuses on the foundations of private law, mainly the law of obligations and remedies. In his current research, Václav explores the role of public interests in the English law of damages (supervisor James Goudkmap). Václav's doctoral research is or was supported by the Oxford Law Faculty, St Edmund Hall, and the Max Planck Institute.
Another area of Václav's research is digital ethics. Recently, he has co-authored a paper on 'data extra commercium'. As a member of the Digital Ethics Lab he completed a pioneering study on ownership of personal data in the Internet of Things (awarded the Ius Commune Prize and the Jacques Derrida Special Prize). 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 works as an associate editor for the Oxford Business Law Blog where he started the OBLB vlogging series.
Before coming to Oxford, Václav studied law and philosophy (Charles University in Prague, University of Sussex). He was 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 his Prague PhD thesis (supervisor Karel Beran), Václav doctrinally, historically and comparatively dealt with liability in Czech private law. Václav's doctoral research was also a basis for his book entitled Critique of Legal Reponsiblity (awarded the Bolzano Prize and ranked as the best law monograph). Between 2016 and 2018, he was also a part-time research fellow at the Charles University where he worked on a project focused on liability and transactions of juristic persons and other artifical legal entities.
Václav has teaching experience in jurisprudence, legal theory, theory of digital legal resources, and moral philosophy.
Previously, Václav was active in legal practice. He served as an associate lawyer in a Czech law firm where he specialized in private law, public procurement, and ICT law.