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 completing his studies in law, as well as in economics, he continued with doctoral 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. He later 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 as a lawyer at the Office of the Public Defender of Rights (Czech ombudsperson) 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 mainly focuses on human rights and international criminal law.
Head of section European System of Human Rights Protection
Tomáš graduated from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague, where he mainly focused on international law and human rights. After obtaining the law degree, he served as an intern at NATO, where he worked in the Political Planning Unit of the Secretary General’s office. He currently works as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament, where he focuses on issues related to committees on foreign interference and disinformation, as well as culture, and education.
Head of section International Politics, Business and Human Rights
Michaela obtained a university degree in Law, International Relations and European Studies at Masaryk University. She worked as an intern within the structures of the Czech Republic in Rome and at the UN in New York. Recently, she completed a one-year assignment at the UNODC Regional Programme Office in Sarajevo. Michaela is interested in human rights, international affairs, cross-border crimes and cyber threats.
Lucie graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University. She also studied human rights and democratization at the 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, particularly the prohibition of wrongful treatment, positive duties of states and compensation.
Pavel obtained a PhD in Law from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University. He worked for the Public Defender of Rights and the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In 2019 he received a postdoctoral research fellowship focused on implementing the Convention against Torture and its Optional Protocol in Taiwan.
Dagmar graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno and she is currently finishing her LL.M studies in public international law at the University of Oslo. She mainly deals with the law of armed conflict and international criminal law. In April 2021, she represented her university at the Jean-Pictet Moot Court Competition in humanitarian and international law.
Alžběta currently studies Security and Strategic Studies and International Relations at Masaryk University. In the past, she completed an internship with La Strada Czech Republic and worked with the organization, Most ProTibet. She is interested in human trafficking issues, human rights violations in armed conflict, and humanitarian aid.
Karolína is a second-year master’s student at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno. She is mainly interested in the protection of human rights and environmental law. Karolína is currently an intern at the Organization for Aid to Refugees.
Zuzana studied at the Faculty of Law at Charles University. During her studies she graduated from the Erasmus exchange program at the University of Strasbourg. She works as a lawyer at the Office for Personal Data Protection. She has also completed a traineeship at the Court of Justice of the EU at the Czech Legal-Translation Unit in Luxembourg, where she subsequently established a cooperation as a temporary agent. She is particularly interested in European law, intellectual property and ICT law.
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