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Research team

Hubert Smekal holds a Ph.D. in European Studies from Masaryk University, Brno, where he currently works as an assistant professor. He was awarded the Fulbright-Masaryk Research Scholarship (2010–2011) which he spent at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley, under the tutorship of Prof. Martin Shapiro. Hubert co-founded the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization and he currently serves as a member of the Human Rights Council of the Czech Government. His academic interests cover the issues of human rights, the political roles of CJEU and ECtHR and the judicialization of international politics. Hubert Smekal has authored two books on human rights, co-edited three volumes andpublished number of articles in academic journals and chapters in books, both in Czech and English. He is a researcher in a project on International human rights commitments of the Czech Republic supported by the Czech Science Foundation.


Ivo Pospíšil is a Secretary General at the Constitutional Court of the Czec Republic. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Masaryk University and master degree in political science. In his work to date, he has tried to combine legal practice with academic and educational activities. He has worked in the academic sphere at, for example, the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University (1999–2001), and has taught human rights and international law externally at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University (2004–2005) and a number of private universities. He has worked as a member of the academic staff of the Institute for Comparative Political Research (2005–2006), and has worked part-time from 2005 to date as a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. He has taken an active part in academic life at his alma mater, has been a member and deputy chairman of the Academic Senate, a research worker on a number of grant projects (The Judicialisation of International Politics, Armed Conflicts in International Relations Following the End of the Cold War, The International Human Rights Obligations of the Czech Republic: Trends, Practice, Causes and Consequences), and has been on short research fellowships at foreign universities and international judicial institutions. 

Jozef Janovský holds a master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford, having previously studied politics and applied mathematics at Masaryk University. He has been involved in quantitative social-scientific research, including projects in international law, political science and psychology. His research interests have been mostly centred on election research for which he was also awarded the Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award (by the European Consortium for Political Research). More recently, his focus has shifted towards international human rights commitments, and he now participates in a related research project funded by the Czech Science Foundation. Jozef has also gained experience with applying statisticalmethods in non-academic environments; he worked as a decision science analyst in a credit risk company and in April 2014 he joined the Department for Education (London, UK) as a statistician.


Katarína Šipulová
is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Social Studies, Department of European Studies and International Relations, Masaryk University, having graduated in Law and European Studies. Her main areas of interest are transitional justice and democratisation of the Central and East European countries. Katarína works as the head of the International Department at the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic. She has been an active member of several research projects dealing with international law and its impact on domestic jurisprudence. In 2012, she co-led a project on application of the European Union law by Czech civil courts conducted by the Czech Supreme Court. Moreover, she works as a researcher in a project on international human rights commitments of the Czech Republic supported by the Czech Science Foundation. From 2009, Katarína has been a member of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization.


Petr Kilian is a PhD student in International and European Law at the Masaryk University where he has previously earned a masters in Law and Legal Science. Petr has participated in various moot court competitions and currently works as a Judicial Assistant to the Vice - President of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic.



Vladimír Týč, Project leader. Professor, Head of the Department of International and European Law at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University. He worked as a legal counsel at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1979-1984) and officer at the Federal Office for Inventions in PRague (1984-1985). From 1985 he worked at the Worl Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva. In his academic carier, he focuses on international treaties and European Union law. He authored many publications on international law and its effect in national practice.