Law and Morality

What is the relationship between law and morality? Are they totally separate systems of rules or is it necessary to look for some sort of a moral minimum in every case? What are the principles of law, why do we have them, what do they mean and how can we use them? Is it still required to obey unjust laws?

We will try to look for answers to those questions together during this Law and Morality course. In the first part of the course, we will focus on the definition of morality, introduce basic philosophical conceptions of the relationship between law and morality, and consider what role the protection of human dignity plays in applicable law. We will also talk about the conditions under which our mythical right to resist can be exercised.

In the second part of the course, we will apply said legal concepts and tools to resolve moral dilemmas in law. Through case studies, we will try on the role of judges and solve real life cases from different areas of law.

We will cover topics both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. We will discuss each issue together and you will be able to learn how to form your own opinion, which you will then be able to defend before others. The course should to an extent replicate actually studying law and introduce students to the way lawyers think about cases they try to solve. Therefore, the course is suitable for both potential law students and anybody interested in social topics. No prior knowledge is necessary.

Eva Hamašová

Eva is in the final year of her Master’s degree in law in Bratislava, Slovakia. During her studies, she spent a semester at the University of Copenhagen as a part of an Erasmus program. She currently works for the biggest Czecho-Slovak law firm, where she focuses primarily on competition law. She is also interested in the theory of law, constitutional law and international public law. This will be her second year competing in international moot courts in the area of international law, where she deals with topics ranging from international crimes to law of the sea. She also gained practical experience from the field though an internship at a regional court. In her free time Eva loves reading, going to concerts, travelling or spending time hiking with her friends and family.

Session D

Art Against the Mainstream

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Biological Psychiatry

Aleksa Petković

Categories of Political Science

Gosha Evlanov

Contagion: infectious disease and society

Jana Lohrova

Cross-cultural studies 101

Mwika Kiarie

Defending Human Rights

Mirek Crha

History from Liberty to Liberation

Emma Nabi-Bourgois

Law and Morality

Eva Hamašová


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Neuronal Biophysics

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Positive psychology

Laura Opletalová

Sound, music, and science

Sol Johansen

Surveillance capitalism

Vašek Šmatera

Sustainable Cities of the Future

Tereza Zoumpalova

Sustainable design

Mariana Ochodková

Theory of General Relativity

Bohdan Glisevic