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Research at the Faculty of Law

Main research areas

In 2019 these main research areas were approved by the Council of the Law Faculty:

  • Faculty of Law – Challenges of digital technologies and artificial intelligence to the Legal System
  • Department of Private Law – New forms of business organization and Digitization of justice
  • Department of Criminal Justice – Challenges of new technologies and artificial intelligence to the criminal justice
  • Department of Public Law – Problems of democracy, legal State and human rights in the digital age

Research interests by Departments

  • Department of Criminal Justice:

Efficiency of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Punishment Execution Law
Substantive Criminal Law
Juvenile Criminal Law
Penitentiary and Probation Law
Qualification of Criminal Acts
Comparative Criminal Law
Criminal Policy
International and EU Criminal Law
Law of Criminal procedure
International and EU Criminal Procedure Law

  • Department of Private Law:

Efficiency of Private Law
Harmonisation and unification of private law according to EU law
Influence of EU law and European private law to the Lithuanian national civil law and civil procedure law
Flexibility and compatibility of social security of the regulation of labour law
Civil law
Civil procedure
Labour law
Social security law
Roman private law
Employment contract
Labour disputes
Collective agreement
Competition law
Corporate law
Law on Torts
Intellectual property law
Enforcement and bankruptcy in civil procedure
Family law
Public procurement law
International private law
International and EU civil law
International and EU civil procedure
International and EU labour law
International and EU social security law

  • Department of Public Law:

Lithuanian Legal Tradition and Dynamics of Conception of Law
Theory of law
Theory of state
History of law
History of state
Legal sociology
Legal philosophy
Constitutional justice
Constitutional principles
Parliamentarism, Ombudsmen
Administrative courts
Principles of public administration
Ecological responsibility
Problems of the taxes’ administration
Public international law
Diplomatic and consular law
EU law
EU institutional law
Humanitarian law
EU substantial law
NATO and its legal framework
NGO and its legal framework
Comparative law of modern legal systems
Law of refugees
Private international law
Legal informatics in global and EU context
Law of international organizations
History of international relations
Law of treaties
EU constitutional law
Case law of the European Union Court of Justice
Human Rights in Europe and EU
Law of the sea
International trade law

Research projects in progress

  • Alternatives to Deprivation of Liberty in Post-Soviet Countries

Principal Investigator – Prof. Habil. Dr. Gintaras Švedas, project Co-Investigator – Dr. Justyna Levon. Project Funding: Lithuanian-Polish Call “Daina”, administered by the Research Council of Lithuania. More information.

  • EFFORTS – Towardsmore Effective enforcement of claims in civil and commercial matters within the EU

Project Funding: under European Commission STEP UP Protection – Stepping up The European cooperation and communication among Public and Private organizations for the PROTECTION of posted workers‘ rights“  (Project registration No. (2019) 7263870-25/11/2019). The EFFORTS Project aims at better enforcement of claims through better procedures, case-handling and cooperation in cross-border disputes. It tackles the Brussels Ia Regulation and the Regulations on the European Enforcement Order, the European Small Claims Procedure, the European Payment Order and the European Account Preservation Order and their implementation in national procedural law in 7 Member States: Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg.  More information.

  • Posting Of Workers: Enhancing Administrative Cooperation and Access to Information

Project Funding: under European Commission STEP UP Protection – Stepping up The European cooperation and communication among Public and Private organizations for the PROTECTION of posted workers‘ rights“ (Project registration No. (2019) 7263870-25/11/2019). More information.

  • Challenges to the Systemic Nature of the Special Part of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania.

The project is funded by the Research Council of Lithuania sponsored activity “Research Group Projects” (Project Financing Agreement No. S-MIP-19-18 / (1.78) SU-1074). More information.

  • Modernisation of Master Programmes for Future Judges, Prosecutors, Investigators with Respect to European Standard on Human Rights, Prof. Habil. Dr. Gintaras Švedas. More information.
  • Constitutional Consciousness as a Remedy for the Crisis of Discourse and Democracy Deficit in the European Union, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Skirgailė Žalimienė. More information.

Implemented research projects

  • Strengthening the capacity of State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan

Project Funding: European Commission financed Twinning project (Contract Number: ENI/2020/416-910). More information.

Information about the Kick-off event (2021-03-29).

  • Strengthening of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Lithuania and Ukraine: Finding the Cross-Border Solution

Project Funding: under Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology of Lithuania and Ukraine (Project registration No. TAP-LU-20-56). More information.

  • Publishing Vilnius University Research Papers “Law”, Prof. Dr. Tomas Davulis. More information.
  • The Protection of Creators’ Rights in the Creative Industries, Professor of Practice Dr. Ramūnas Birštonas.
  • An international scientific seminar and workshop „Judicial power in modern democracy“, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vaidotas Vaičaitis. More information.
  • Working with abusers as a necessity in preventing domestic violence. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ilona Michailovič and a student Agnė Kežutytė.
  • Building competence in the field concerning a corporate seat in the scientific internship. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lina Mikalonienė. More information.
  • Participation in an international scientific conference in Belgium, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ilona Michailovič. More information.
  • Electronic monitoring of suspected and sentenced persons: purposes, effectiveness, problems and perspectives, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gintautas Sakalauskas.
  • The Significance of National Constitutional Guarantees on the Freedom of Economic Activity Covering Lithuania and Germany, Prof. Dr. Egidijus Šileikis
  • Practice of Mediation (Victim-Offender Reconciliation) in Lithuanian Criminal Justice, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ilona Michailovič
  • Pedophilia as a Disease and as an Incentive for Crime, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gintautas Sakalauskas
  • The Constitutional Principle of Legality in Criminal Law – the Concept and Interaction with the Objectives of Punishment, Assist. Prof. Dr. Justas Namavičius
  • Convergence and Divergence of Companies: Is the Lithuanian Company Law Attractive in the International Context? 

Research Council of Lithuania. Prof. Habil. Dr. V. Mikelėnas (Head), Assoc. Prof. Dr. L. Mikalonienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr. P. Miliauskas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Tikniūtė, researchers PhD students M. Žukauskaitė and V. Mitkevičius. 2015-2017.

Scientific Study “The Convergence and Divergence of Legal Forms of Enterprises: Is Lithuanian Legal Regulation Attractive in International Context?”

  • Training on alternative dispute resolution as an approach for ensuring of human rights

ES TEMPUS programme project. Participation of 10 universities from Germany, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus. Coordinators at the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University: Prof. Habil. Dr. Vytautas Nekrošius, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vigita Vėbraitė, Egidijus Semėnas. More information.

  • Challenges in Harmonizing the Integrity and Novelties of the General Part of the Criminal Code

Research Council of Lithuania. Prof. Habil. Dr. G. Švedas (Head), Dr. Paulius Veršekys, Dr. Justyna Levon, D. Prapiestis. 2015-2017.

Monograph „Baudžiamojo kodekso bendrosios dalies vientisumo ir naujovių (su)derinimo iššūkiai”

  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as the Application of the Standard for the Protection of Individual Rights at Supranational and National Levels

Research Council of Lithuania. Assoc. Prof. Dr. S. Žalimienė (Head), Prof. Dr. Tomas Davulis, Dr. I. Danėlienė, Dr. S. Kavalnė. 2014-2016.

  • Ways of Implementation of the Right to Civil Proceedings Within a Reasonable Time 

Research Council of Lithuania. Prof. Habil. Dr. V. Nekrošius (Head), Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Simaitis, Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. Vėbraitė, Dr. A. Brazdeikis. 2014-2016.

Scientific Study “Asmens teisės į civilinės bylos išnagrinėjimą per protingą laiką įgyvendinimo sąlygos”

Scientific Study “Ways of Implementation of the Right to Civil Proceedings within a Reasonable Time”

  • Development of Mediation Network in Civil and Criminal Cases to foster European Wide Settlements of Disputes 

Erasmus Strategic Partnership Project. Participating researchers: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vigita Vėbraitė, PhD Student Neringa Toleikytė. 2014-2016. Within the framework of this project the open-access textbook „Mediation to Foster European Wide Settlement of Disputes“ has been published. More information and e-book.

  • Challenges of the Economic Crisis (Recession) to the Rule of Law and Human Rights 

Research Council of Lithuania, project No VPI-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-03-085. Prof. Dr. (HP) E. Kūris (Head), Prof. Dr. D. Žalimas, Prof. Dr. D. Petrylaitė, Prof. Dr. A. Andruškevičius, D. Kriaučiūnas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. G. Lastauskienė, Dr. M. Lukas, Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Medelienė, Dr. V. Petrylaitė, Dr. I. Isokaitė, Dr. E. Masnevaitė, Dr. V. Milašiūtė. 2013-2015. Open access to the scientific monograph “Crisis, the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Lithuania”.

  • Labour Relations and the Establishment of Legal Administrative Model for the State Social Insurance 

Contractual Research Project No. APS-220000-234 was carried out by Vilnius University, Mykolas Romeris University and the Social Research Center Consortium commissioned by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania. Prof. Dr. T. Davulis (Head). 2014-2015. More information.

  • History of Lithuanian Constitutionalism 

Research Council of Lithuania. Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. A. Vaičaitis (Head), Prof. Dr. (HP) J. Machovenko, Assoc. Prof. Dr. J. Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė, Dr. L. Griškevič. 2014-2015.