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Professor Jiri Priban

Professor Jiri Priban

Professor of Law

School of Law and Politics

Email
priban@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6819
Campuses
3.06b, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Overview

Jiří Přibáň graduated from Charles University in Prague (1989) where he was appointed professor of legal theory, philosophy and sociology in 2002. He was also visiting professor or scholar at European University Institute in Florence, New York University (Prague Office), University of California in Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Pretoria, The Flemish Academy in Brussels and University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jiří Přibáň has published extensively in the areas of social theory and sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights. His monograph Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society (Routledge) was awarded the SLSA Socio-Legal Theory and History Book Prize. His article ‘Reconstituting paradise lost: temporality, civility and ethnicity in post-communist constitution-making’, published in Law&Society Review, won the SLSA Hart Socio-Legal Article Prize. He is the founding director of the Centre of Law and Society and an editor of the Journal of Law and Society. He regularly contributes to the Czech and international media.

Biography

Education and Qualifications:

1985-1989      Law Studies, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague

1989                Ph.D. In Law and Jurisprudence, Charles University, Prague

2001                LL.D. (DSc.) In Legal Theory and Sociology of Law, Charles University, Prague

2002                Professor of Legal Theory, Philosophy and Sociology, Charles University,

2006                Professor of Law, Cardiff University

Honours and awards

Major selected prizes

  • The Socio-Legal Theory and History Book Prize by the Socio-Legal Studies Association, 2016, for the book Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society: A Systems Theory of European Constitutionalism (Ashgate, 2015)
  • Nominated by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Gratias Agit Prize in 2015
  • The Torso of Hope Prize for contributing to the development of democracy and civil society; awarded by the Nadační fond angažovaných nestraníků [The Non-Party Activists Foundation] with the National Library of the Czech Republic in 2014 for the book Tyranizovaná spravedlnost [Justice Tyrannised]
  • The Dominik Tatarka Prize for the best book of 2013, Slovakia, (member of the team of authors included in the awarded book Odkial a Kam)
  • The Hart Socio-Legal Article Prize by the Socio-Legal Studies Association, 2005, for the article ‘Reconstituting paradise lost: temporality, civility and ethnicity in post-communist constitution-making’ (2004) Law and Society Review 38(3), pp. 407–31
  • The Josef Hlávka Prize for early career scholars, Prague, the Czech Republic

Professional memberships

Selected memberships

  • Member of the International Advisory Board to the Council of Science, Research and Innovation of Government of the Czech Republic since 2016
  • Member of the International Research Assessment Board of the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2015-2016 and 2020-2021
  • Member of the Alumni Advisory Board of Charles University, since 2014

Academic positions

1990               Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, The Czech Republic

1992                Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

1996/7             Research Fellow, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University

1997                Associate Professor (Dozent), Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

1998                Part-Time Lecturer, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University

2001                Full-Time Lecturer, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University

2003                Senior Lecturer, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University

2005                Reader, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University

2006                Professor, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

Selected Non-Academic Invitations

  • Invited speaker at the Václav Havel Library Will Freedom Survive the Pandemic? public debate, Prague, the Czech Republic, 2020
  • The Freedom Festival, invited public speaker at the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution civil society demonstration, Václavské náměstí, Prague, the Czech Republic, 2019
  • Invited speaker/commentator at the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 revolutions, the House of European History, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, 2019
  • Invited speaker at the Revolution Is Not a Garden Party event, BOZAR-Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 2019
  • Invited speaker (with former Prime Ministers of Austria and Slovakia Wolfgang Schüssel and Mikuláš Dzurinda and former President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering) at the Unity, Justice and Liberty in Europe: Preconditions and Legacy of the Political Upheavals of 1989 conference organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Leipzig, Germany, 2019
  • Invited speaker at The Athens Democracy Forum's Reinventing Democracy: New Models for our Changing World conference, Athens, Greece, 2019
  • Keynote speaker at the Thirty Years After - Europe's Unfinished Revolution? conference, The Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) and the Czech Embassy, Vienna, Austria, 2019
  • The Czech ambassador and keynote speaker at the Leipzig International Book Fair, 2019
  • Invited speaker at the Margin of Appreciation conference at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, 2018
  • Invited keynote speaker at the conference Constitutional Regulation of the Prosecution Service organised by the President of the Czech Prosecution Service and the Senate in 2018
  • Invited speaker at a series of international conferences The Vision for Next Europe, Vienna, Austria, 2016, co-organised by the Bruno Kreisky Forum and the Austrian Ministry of Defence
  • Invited speaker at the Václav Havel European Dialogues Series at the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, 2016 (other speakers in the same panel: Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council, Ana de Palacio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, and Karel Schwarzenberg, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic)
  • One of keynote speakers at the international conference European Constitutionalism in the Context of Judicial Dialogue organised by the President of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, Brno, the Czech Republic, 2015 (note: this was the highest academic and public recognition by the supreme judicial body of the country and one of the most influential constitutional courts in Central Europe)
  • Keynote speaker at the Václav Havel European Dialogues conference in DOX, Prague, the Czech Republic, 2015 (note: I was in a polemical conversation with Elmar Brok, a senior Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs)
  • Invited speaker at the international conference The Story of a Refugee organised by the Václav Havel Library and the Amnesty International, Prague, the Czech Republic, 2015
  • Expert advisor for Jiří David’s installation Apotheosis at the Venice Biennale 2015, Italy; this installation was listed in the top fifteen exhibitions list by the Guardian newspaper.
  • Invited speaker at a series of conferences on the rule of law and constitutionalism organised by the President of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic between 2011 and 2014
  • Invited expert and speaker to the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur and Regional Consultation on Transitional Justice for Europe and North America, Berlin, Germany, 2014
  • Invited speaker at the Festival of Central European Literature, Minsk, Belarus, March 2013 [participation cancelled due to political obstructions of the Embassy of Belarus in London which did not want my presentation on Dissidents of Law translated into Belorussian in 2012]
  • Invited speaker at the Diplomatic Academy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Republic, 2012
  • Keynote speaker at the Judicial Independence conference co-organised by Open Society Fund and the Open Judiciary Initiative under the Slovak Prime Minister’s auspices, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2011
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Judicial Academy for Senior Judges, Kroměříž, the Czech Republic, between 2011 and 2013
  • Invitation by the Czech and Slovak Embassies to The Ties That Bind Conference, London, U.K., 2010 [among other distinguished speakers, most notably, was Madeleine Allbright, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom]
  • Invitation by Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic to the advisory board of the Czech Presidency of the European Union, 2007-2009
  • Invited speaker at the Judicial Administration conference organised by the Senate of Parliament of the Czech Republic and attended by the Minister of Justice, presidents of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and the Supreme Administrative Court and senior MPs, 2007
  • Invitation to chair the Václav Havel’s VIZE 97 Foundation’s international panel discussion with Zygmunt Bauman and other distinguished guests, 2007
  • Invitation by the French Embassy and the Pro-Europe Foundation to lecture on the EU enlargement at a conference together with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, 2004
  • Invitation by the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York and the Human Rights Information and Documentation Center (INDOK) in Budapest to write a report on vetting legislation in postcommunist countries, 2004
  • Invitation by the House of Lords to give a written expert memorandum on the future role of the European Court of Justice, 2003

Selected International Academic Invitations

Projects

  • Invitation to participate in the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology, 2017
  • Invitation to contribute an article on varieties of democratic transitions to the most prestigious U.S. based series of the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, 2010
  • Invitation to participate in the Law and Society Encyclopedia: American and Global Perspectives worldwide project of the Sage Publications, 2003

Conferences

  • Invited speaker at The Global Summit conference, University of Texas, The United States of America, 2021
  • Keynote speaker for the Centre for European, Russian and Euroasian Studies annual lecture, the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Canada, 2020
  • Keynote speaker at the La Resilienza Della Democrazia (The Resilience of Democracy) conference, Centro Congressi San Filippo, Fermo, Italy, 2019
  • Co-organiser and moderator of the 30 Years After panel at The State of the Union annual conference, the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2019
  • Invited speaker at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, University of Jena, Germany, 2019
  • Invited speaker at the Making and Remaking Europe: the Czech and Slovak Contribution conference, University of Toronto, Canada, 2018
  • Invited speaker at the European Imagination conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2018
  • Invited speaker at the Luhmann's Sociology of Law conference, KU Leuven, Belgium, 2018
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Central and Eastern European Network of Legal Scholars conference, Timisoara, Rumania, 2018
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Olomoucké právnické dny conference on the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Czechoslovakia, Olomouc, the Czech Republic, 2018
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Czech Sociological Association conference, Prague, the Czech Republic, 2017
  • Invited speaker at the Legitimacy of the State international conference, The Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, University of Sydney, Australia, 2016
  • Invited keynote speaker (in discussion with prof. Sanita Osipova, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Latvia) at the bi-annual international conference themed ‘Sociology of Law’ and organised by University of Riga, Latvia, 2015
  • Invited speaker at the international conference The Renovation of the Modern Constitution: Contemporary Constitutional Transformations in Europe organised by CoPolis at the University of Trento, Italy, 2015
  • Keynote speaker at the International Research Committee on Sociology of Law Conference Sociology of Law on the Move: Perspectives from Latin America in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2015
  • Keynote speaker at the Critical Legal Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, 2015
  • The Thematic Stream Leader (A Sociology of Constitutionalism) at the 25th Anniversary IISL International Conference in Onati, Spain, 2014
  • Invited speaker at the international conference Temporal Boundaries of Law, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2014
  • Principal guest speaker at the International Academy of Comparative Law conference, Vienna and Bratislava, 2014
  • Invited speaker at the international conference Symbolic Legislation organised by Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2014
  • Co-convenor of the Legal Frames of Memory international conference, Warsaw, November 2013 (note: This was a highly publicised and media followed event, part of which was my one-hour interview for the Polish National Radio)
  • Invited speaker at the International Summer School in Sociology of Law, Fermo, Italy, between 2010 and 2013
  • Invited speaker at the EU professional and academic workshop Menu for Justice, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, 2012
  • Invited speaker at the international seminar The Democratization of the European Polity, University of Trento, Trento, Italy, 2012
  • Invited speaker at the European Ways of Law International Conference on Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, 2005

Visiting Professorships and Fellowships

  • Visiting fellowship at the Department of Law, The European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2019
  • Jan Patočka senior visiting fellowship, Institute for Human Sciences [IWM], Vienna, Austria, 2019
  • Visiting professor at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, 2014
  • Fernand Braudel fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy 2014
  • Franz Weyr visiting fellowship at the Academy of Sciences, the Czech Republic, 2013
  • Visiting professor at New York University, Prague Office, since 2001
  • Visiting professor at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Onati, Spain, since 2013
  • Visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, 2003, 2007 and 2011
  • Visiting professor at University of San Francisco in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011
  • Visiting professor at the Flemish Royal Academy, Brussels, 2009
  • Visiting professor at the EU Public Law Summer School, Villa Vigoni, Centro Italo-Tedesco per l’Eccellenza Europea, Menaggio, Italy, 2008
  • Visiting professorial fellow, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 2008
  • Visiting professor at the ‘European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice, Italy, 2005
  • Visiting research fellow at University of Pretoria, 2001

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Teaching

During my academic career, I was teaching undergraduate and masters level courses and supervised Ph.D. students in Cardiff, Prague and at a number of universities and research centres in Europe and worldwide.

I am currently a module leader of the Sociology of Law undergraduate course and the Legal Theory and the Comparative Constitutionalism postgraduate courses at Cardiff University. In recognition of my teaching qualities, I was nominated for the University’s Enrichment of Student Life Award. Furthermore, I teach in postgraduate courses focusing on socio-legal methodology and themes.

I co-organised and contributed to the socio-legal masterclasses in collaboration with Linda Mulcahy and the London School of Economics, Phil Thomas and the Journal of Law and Society, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and the Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

I taught undergraduate courses in sociology of law and jurisprudence in the Czech Republic and the United States of America.

For a number of years, I also taught in the postgraduate sociology of law programme at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law, in Onati, the Basque Country, Spain, and at the International Summer School of the Sociology of Law in Fermo in Italy.

Furthermore, I taught human rights classes at the Academy of European Law Summer School in Florence, Italy.

Apart from Ph.D. students at Cardiff University, I also supervised and examined students at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, the Antwerp University in Belgium and the University of Sydney in Australia, the Charles University in Prague, the School of Fine Arts and Design in Prague and the Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic.

Research areas:

- social theory and philosophy of law; systems theory of law

- law, ethics and social values

- legitimacy and legality

- constitutional theory, EU constitutionalism

- social justice and political dissent

Current research projects:

Research project I: Constitutional Imaginaries and Theories of European Societal Constitutionalism

Research project II: A Social Philosophy of Legitimacy and Value Pluralism

Research project III: Social Justice, Political Dissent and the Power of the Powerless

Supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the areas of legal theory, philosophy and sociology, socio-legal studies, constitutional theory, European constitutionalism and human rights.