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. Currently he works as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg 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 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.

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 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.

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.

Event 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.

Event manager

Tomáš is a Master’s student of International Relations on Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. He used to work for the Czech Council on Foreign Relations in Prague as an intern where he cooperated with other partner institutions, e. g. Institute of International Relations or Europeum.

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.


Jana is a last year international relations student at Charles University in Prague. She worked as an intern at Council of Europe and the Embassy of Czech Republic in Brazil. Besides human rights, she is interested in international politics and conflict resolution.