Prof. Vojtěch Cepl has died

21 November 2009

Prof. JUDr. Vojtěch Cepl, the Emeritus Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, died today.

Prof. JUDr. Vojtěch Cepl (*1938) graduated in 1961 from the Charles Law Faculty, where he earned his doctorate in 1966 and in 1965 became an assistant at the Department for the Theory of State and Law. In 1967-70 he pursued post-graduate studies in the theory of legal sociology at Oxford University and in comparative legal science at the University of Michigan Law School. In 1971 he became a lecturer of the Department of Civil Law at Charles Law Faculty. He became a docent in 1989, and in 1990 the Vice-Dean for Foreign Relations and the Chair of the Department of Civil Law. In 1993 he was named a professor of civil law. In this period he worked in legislative councils and commissions for drafting various laws, the Civil Code, and the Constitution. On 15 July 1993 President Václav Havel appointed him a Justice of the Constitutional Court.


In 1990-93 he lectured at many law faculties in the UK, Canada, and the U.S. In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and the University of Chicago, and in 1996 he was a distinguished visiting professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His published writings concern primarily legal philosophy, civil law, and constitutional law.


Upon finishing his term as Justice of the Constitutional Court, prof. Cepl returned to teaching at the Charles Law Faculty.