These regulations and principles are based on the Rector’s decision 'Pre-examination and acceptance of doctoral dissertations and also general criteria for dissertations'’  on 20 June 2017 and on the specification of that decision by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law on 26 September 2017.

The examination of doctoral dissertations is a two-stage process: first, dissertations are examined in a preliminary examination, and then, in a public examination. After the public examination, the Faculty Council approves and grades, or rejects, the dissertation based on the documents compiled during the examination process and on its expertise. The members of the Faculty Council have access to the preliminary manuscript (preliminary examination) and the dissertation (final approval and grading or rejection) before they make their decision. The Faculty Council appoints pre-examiners and an opponent/opponents suggested by a supervisor and a responsible person, and the Faculty invites and instructs these examiners to the task.

A responsible person should be a professor or an adjunct professor (docent) on a tenure track stage 3 or 4 in a permanent position in the Faculty of Law with experience of supervising completed doctoral dissertations.

The more precise instructions for starting evaluation process of a dissertation are in intranet of the Faculty in the section ‘For students – Planning studies – Submitting for pre-examination’.