JUDr. Petr Bříza, LL.M., Ph.D.
- Charles University Faculty of Law [Masters (summa cum laude) in 2003, Juris Doctor in 2004, Ph.D. in 2012]
- New York University School of Law (LL.M., 2008)
- Diploma in English and European Union Law (University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, 2007)
Other study visits
- Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence (July 2006)
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (July – August 2007)
Awards and scholarships
- Author Prize for the best legal publication of 2011 (for the book titled National Application of the European Union Law (in Czech original: Vnitrostátní aplikace práva Evropské unie), with M. Bobek a J. Komárek as co-authors)
- Randa's Foundation Award for the best diploma thesis from the commercial law and related fields of law (2003)
- Innovative Lawyer 2016
- Fulbright Scholarship, Hauser Global Scholarship, Starr Foundation Global Law School Scholarship
- Various accolades within legal directories (e.g., Who's Who Legal)
Main fields of expertise
Judicial proceedings and arbitration on both the national and international levels, international trade and investment protection, EU law, contracts, mediation, personal data protection, consumer law, public sector.
Language of provided services
- Bar Exam (with honors)
- Registered mediator's examination (in accordance with the Act on Mediation)
Membership in arbitral, vocational, professional and advisory institutions and boards
- Senior Lecturer at the Commercial Law Department of the Charles University Faculty of Law
- Arbitrator and member of the board of the Arbitration Court attached to the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic
- Arbitrator on the LCIA List of Arbitrators and on the VIAC List of Practitioners in International Arbitration
- Commission for European Law of the Government Legislative Council
- Czech Bar Association
- Disciplinary Committee of the Czech Bar Association
- Czech Bar Association's advisory section for the EU law, international law and international relations
- Czech Bar Association's advisory section for arbitration
- Czech Society for European and Comparative Law (co-founder)
Past working experience
- Havel, Holásek & Partners
- Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic
Petr is a co-founder of Bříza & Trubač Attorneys at Law. In his practice, he focuses on a rather wide scope of legal services, in particular on those from the area of judicial proceedings and arbitration, and commercial matters in general. He is sought out primarily as an expert on EU law, international trade law (including arbitration and investment protection), private international law and contracts, on which he also often authors expert opinions. It is primarily in these areas on which he regularly lectures and publishes, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. He is also an arbitrator and registered mediator, an examining commissioner at mediation exams and bar exams by the Czech Bar Association. Before the establishment of Bříza & Trubač he worked for almost 4 years for the largest law firm in the Czech Republic and before that for almost 5 years at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic (among others as a Minister´s advisor for the European and International law during the Czech Presidency in the Council of the EU). Petr is also active in the field of academics and functions as an expert assistant at the Department of Business Law at the Charles University Faculty of Law, where he lectures primarily on International Private Law and related legal areas.
Petr has experience with representation in multimillion or billion worth disputes in the areas of international investment and commercial arbitration, mediation, national judicial proceedingsand arbitration. He has participated in the representation or directly represented clients during ICC, LCIA, DISand ICSID arbitrations, before the EU Court of Justice or the General Court, and in relation to the European Commission. He negotiated a settlement in a multijurisdictional dispute with the government of the United Kingdom. Within the areas of hisexpertise he provided legal advice to EU institutions, banks, financial groups, automobile producers, engineering enterprises, construction companies, state authorities, and other entities from throughout the economy´s sectors. As an arbitrator he has experience with resolving dozens of disputes at arbitration institutions both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The CISG and the Law Applicable to International Factoring, Assignment, Set-off and Late Payment Interests, (2020) 1 The European Legal Forum 13;
- Rome I and Rome II Regulations in Practice. London: Intersentia, 2020 [member of a team of authors];
- International business law [in Czech original: Mezinárodní obchodní právo]. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2019 [member of a team of authors]
- Shareholder Agreements [in Czech original: Akcionářské dohody]. Prague: Wolters Kluwer, 2017 [member of a team of authors];
- Civil Code. Commentary. [in Czech original: Občanský zákoník. Komentář]. Prague: C.H. Beck, 2017 [member of a team of authors];
- International Arbitration - 2nd Edition (Czech Republic chapter). London: GLI, 2016 [co-authored by T. Hokr];
- Commentary to the Act on Private International Law (in Czech original: Zákon o mezinárodním právu soukromém. Komentář.) Prague: C. H. Beck, 2014 (head of a team of authors);
- Large commentary of the Civil Code. Volume III. § 419-654 (in Czech original: Občanský zákoník – velký komentář. Svazek III.). Praha: Leges, 2014 [member of a team of authors];
- Choice of Law and Choice of Court in International Trade (in Czech original: Volba práva a volba soudu v mezinárodním obchodě). Prague: C. H. Beck, 2012;
- National Application of the European Union Law (in Czech original: Vnitrostátní aplikace práva Evropské unie). Prague: C. H. Beck, 2011 (with M. Bobek and J. Komárek as co-authors);
- Choice of Court Agreements: Could the Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention and the Reform of the Brussels I Regulation Be the Way Out of the Gasser-Owusu Disillusion?, (2009) 5 Journal of Private International Law 537;
- The Czech Constitutional Court on the Lisbon Treaty, 5 (2009) European Constitutional Law Review 143;
- ECJ case Lucchini SpA – is there anything left of res judicata principle?, 27 Civil Justice Quarterly 40 (2008)
Petr Bříza contributed to the latest issue of the prestigious legal journal the European Legal Forum. In his article, Petr examines a decision of the Czech Supreme Court which held that the matters of assignment, set-off and late payment interest fall outside the scope of the CISG. The decision is also interesting for its treatment of the conflict-of-law issues of cross-border assignment, set-off and late payment interest.
In an article for EPRAVO.CZ, published on April 9, 2020, Petr and Kristian considered the possibilities given by the applicable law to tenants who have closed out stores and found themselves without fault at all without any income, whether it's a discount on rent or forgiveness of rent for a period of crisis measures.
Petr Bříza commented on various aspects of the issue of vis maior, including examples when the epidemic is and is not a vis maior. Read the full article in today's Lidové noviny newspapers.