Václav Janeček

Postdoctoral Researcher

Václav Janeček (Keble College) will join the DELab as a postdoctoral research in October 2017. He will mainly work on the PETRAS project (PETRAS: Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things). Currently, Václav is a research student in the Oxford Law Faculty (supervisor James Goudkamp) and a part-time research fellow at the Department of Legal Theory and Legal Doctrines, Charles University. He is also an active member of the Digital Law SIG (European Law Institute).

Before coming to Oxford, Václav studied law and philosophy in Prague (Charles University) and Brighton (University of Sussex). He also was a visiting doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg and at the Institute for European Tort Law in Vienna. In his PhD thesis (supervisor Karel Beran), Václav doctrinally, philosophically, historically, and comparatively dealt with liability and responsibility in Czech private law.

At the Faculty of Law in Prague, Václav gained experience as a teaching assistant for legal theory (2014 – 2016) and legal information systems (2013 – 2016). In addition, he acted as a tutor in philosophy at the Faculty of Arts in Prague (2011/2012). For several years, Václav held a position of a research assistant at the Department of Legal Theory and Legal Doctrines.

Previously, Václav was also 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.

There are three main areas of Václav’s research interests: (1) legal, philosophical and ethical issues relating to information society and emerging technologies, (2) private law theory and theory of regulatory private law, and (3) legal and moral philosophy.
In more practical terms, Václav is interested in questions related to digital privacy and security, freedom of speech and information, data protection, personal responsibility and liability, legal remedies, e-justice, e-government, smart contracts, legal information systems, use of computer algorithms in judicial procedure, online dispute resolutions, open access, and, of course, internet of things.