The registered members of the Centre include Jan Lhotský, Hubert Smekal, Linda Janků, Lucie Nechvátalová, Nela Černota and Monika Hanych. Our team of experts is wider and you can read more about them below.

Head of the Centre, editor of the V4 Human Rights Review, editor of the Bulletin of Human Rights and head of section International Criminal Justice

Jan is the head of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. After finishing his studies in law, as well as in economics, he continued with PhD studies in international law. He also obtained an E.MA degree in human rights from Venice and Graz. He worked in a law firm, as well as in the Legal Affairs Division of the European External Action Service in Brussels, which is responsible for EU external relations. Later he worked as a Visiting Professional in the Chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and subsequently as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Currently he works at the Czech Ombudsperson's Office and as a senior researcher at the Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations in Prague. Within the area of international law, he focuses mainly on human rights and international criminal law.


Head of section European System of Human Rights Protection

Monika works at the Office of the Czech Government Agent before the European Court of Human Rights. She obtained her law PhD degree at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, she graduated also from media and sociology at Masaryk University (Czech Republic) and human rights at Tilburg University (Netherlands). Focuses on human rights, freedom of expression, media law and new technology. Monika is a member of WG on human rights & technology of the Czech Council of the Government for Human Rights and Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) by the Council of Europe.

Head of section European System of Human Rights Protection

Hubert studied law and European integration. He is currently teaching at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. He spent the academic year 2010-2011 as a holder of the Fulbright scholarship researching judicialization at UC Berkeley. In the summer he lectures at the Shandong University. Huber is a member of the Government council for human rights.

Head of section Czech Republic and Human Rights

Lucie graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University, human rights and democratization at European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice and the Université de Strasbourg. She was an intern at the UN European Court of Human Rights and the Public Defender of Rights. Currently, she works at the Supreme administrative court as an assistant to a judge. She is interested in the European system of protecting human rights - more specifically the prohibition of wrongful treatment, positive duties of states and compensation.

Head of section Czech Republic and Human Rights

Pavel gained a PhD degree in law from the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University. He worked for the Public Defender of Rights and the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In 2019 he received postdoctoral research fellowship focused on implementation of Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol in Taiwan.

Administrator of Centre's Blog, Deputy editor of the V4 Human Rights Review

Nikola has master’s degrees in International Relations and Law from Charles University. As a George Spyrou scholar, she completed her LLM studies in public international law at Cambridge University. She is a Ph.D. student at Charles University Faculty of Law and a legal trainee in a Prague-based law firm. During her studies, she interned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in London. Her areas of interest are international economic law, human rights and international criminal law.

Centre´s Facebook and Twitter Manager

Kamila studies Psychology at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. She is interested in psychotherapy and interpersonal relationships. Although she is not engaged in the area of law, she very much likes to support interesting projects. She has been a volunteer at the student organization called Projekt SPOLU for two years now.