Members of the Centre

The Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy is directed and managed by a team of professionals who take part also in research activities of the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University. Each member of the management board supervises one of the thematic panels which the professional activities of the Center are divided into.


Jan Lhotský

Jan Lhotský 

Head of the Centre and Head of section International Criminal Justice

 Jan has a PhD in international law and 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. Later he worked as a Visiting Professional in the Chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In the area of international law he focuses mainly on human rights and international criminal law.

Monika Hanych

Head of section European System of Human Rights Protection & 
Centre´s Twitter Manager

Monika obtained university degree from the law, media and sociology at Masaryk University (Czech Republic) and human rights at Tilburg University (Netherlands). She currently works at the Office of the Czech Government Agent before the European Court of Human Rights.

Hubert Smekal

Hubert Smekal 

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.


Nela Černotová

Head of section International Politics, Business and Human Rights

Nela studies law at Charles University and specializes in international law and human rights. She spent a semester at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and participated in internships with the Czech Embassy in Mexico, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the MAPP/OEA (Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia/Organization of American States) in Colombia.

Lucie NechvátalováLucie Nechvátalová 

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.


Helena Kopecká

Helena Kopecká

Administrator of Centre's Blog

Helena graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University. In the past, she worked as a lawyer at the Organization for Aid to Refugees, as an intern at the UN and subsequently as a pro bono legal consultant in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Currently, she works as an assistant to the judge in the criminal law division of the Municipal Court in Prague.


Helena Bončková 

Editor of the Czech Republic Human Rights Review

 Helena graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University and LLM in Luxembourg. She worked as an assistant to a judge at the Supreme court and is currently a judge’s assistant at the Supreme administrative court.


Veronika Čáslavová

Event Manager & Centre´s Facebook Manager

 Veronika is currently a student of International Relations and Security and strategic studies at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. She has spent two months at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Paris as an intern. She was also a part of the student section of the International Institute of Political Science for three years.