Karel Eliáš

Prof. Dr. JUDr. Karel Eliáš

Of Counsel, Prague, Czech Republic


Specialization:
Corporate, Dispute Resolution

Karel Eliáš is the main author of the new Czech Civil Code, an attorney-at-law, a legal scholar and an eminent Czech civil and commercial law expert. He has received some of the country’s most significant and prestigious awards, he has been, for example, inducted into the Law Hall of Fame for his life’s work and exceptional contribution to Czech law. He has acted as Of Counsel to PRK Partners since 2011.

Karel Eliáš graduated from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague in 1979; he obtained his degree in law (JUDr.) from the same faculty in 1981. From 1988 to 1990 he pursued postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno, which he completed upon the submission of a post-graduate thesis on unfair competition. He continued his doctoral studies in commercial law at the same university between 1995 and 1996, and upon their completion received his doctorate (Dr.).

The rector of the Masaryk University in Brno appointed Karel Eliáš associate professor of commercial law in 1998; he was appointed professor of commercial law by the president of the Czech Republic in 2002. Karel Eliáš acted as in-house counsel to a major mining company between 1979 and 1990, and became the head of its legal department in 1988.

He has been a leading researcher at the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic since 1991. Between 1993 and 2011 Karel Eliáš acted first as assistant professor and later as head of the Department of Commercial Law, head of the Department of Private Law and Civil Process and, in the last two years, as vice-dean for science and research at the Law Faculty of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.

Karel Eliáš is the vice-rector for legal affairs at the College of Information Management and Business Administration in Prague.

He is fluent in Czech, German and Russian, as well as having a good command of French, Spanish, Polish and Bulgarian.

 

Participation in academic councils

  • University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
  • Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague
  • Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno
  • Faculty of Law of Palacký University in Olomouc
  • The Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Participation in branch councils

  • branch council for the doctoral study program “Theoretical Legal Sciences” at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno
  • branch council for the doctoral study program “Theoretical Legal Sciences” at the Faculty of Law of Palacký University in Olomouc

Participation in editorial boards

  • Právník (The Lawyer)
  • Obchodněprávní revue (Business Law Review)
  • Právní rádce (Legal Advisor Review)
  • Právny obzor (Legal Horizon)

Participation in professorship committees (selection)

  • Committee for appointing JUDr. S. Černá, CSc. associate professor of commercial law (Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, 1999)
  • Committee for appointing JUDr. M. Zuklínová, CSc. associate professor of civil law (Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, 2000)
  • Committee for appointing JUDr. Z. Králíčková, Ph.D. associate professor of civil law (Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno, 2003)
  • Committee for appointing doc. JUDr. M. Hrušáková, CSc. professor of civil law (Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno, 2004)
  • Committee for appointing doc. JUDr. S. Černá, CSc. professor of commercial law (Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, 2006)
  • Committee for appointing doc. JUDr. J. Pokorná, CSc. professor of commercial law (Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno, 2009)
  • Committee for appointing JUDr. T. Dvořák, Ph.D. associate professor of commercial law (Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, Brno 2010)
  • Committee for appointing doc. JUDr. M. Zuklínová - Hendrychová associate professor of civil law (Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, 2012)

Commission of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

  • member of the Academic Degree Commission of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Others

  • assessor for the awarding of the Prestigious Author’s Prize of the association of German, Czech and Slovak lawyers “Carlsbad Lawyers Days” (since 1998)
  • member of the Committee on the Comparative Review of Legal Education; member of the advisory body of the Czech Bar Association’s Board of Directors (since 2009)
  • member of the Standing Working Committee on Commercial Law of the Czech Government’s Legislative Council (1998-2004)
  • member of the Czech Government’s Legislative Council (2007; since 2010)
  • member of the Commission for the Recodification of Private Law at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic (since 1996)
  • member of the Experts’ Committee for the Preparation of a New Labour Code at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic (2004-2006)
  • member of the standing working group of the Accreditation Commission for the Fields of Law and Security (2000-2004)

Special Awards

  • 2002: Antonín Randa bronze medal (Association of Czech Lawyers)
  • 2004: Antonín Rada silver medal (Association of Czech Lawyers)
  • 2007: Lawyer of the Year 2006 in the Civil Law category (Czech Bar Association)
  • 2009: 1st prize for a professional publication – Občanský zákoník. Velký akademický komentář (Civil Code. Extensive Academic Commentary), Prague: Linde, 2008
  • 2012: inducted into the Law Hall of Fame as part of the “Lawyer of the Year 2011” awards ceremony

 

Pedagogical, scientific and publishing activities upon request.

 

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