23 November 2023 in Prague and online

Making Human
Rights a Reality:

Implementation of International Human Rights Obligations at the National Level

The conference was organized under the auspices of the President Mr. Petr Pavel by the Office of the Government Agent (Ministry of Justice)

Objectives of the conference

  • to present the outputs of the project (new case-law database, factsheets, human rights compatibility guide for legislators, etc.) as well as the role and activities of the Office of the Government Agent in the implementation process of human rights obligations

  • to connect legal experts from different spheres who are dedicated to protection of human rights and to share their experiences

  • to lead a discussion on the importance of the implementation of the ECtHR judgments and other international human rights obligations at the national level and the challenges associated with it from the perspective of various actors

about us

We represent the state in proceedings before international human rights bodies and implement their decisions.

The Office of the Government Agent is part of the Ministry of Justice and represents the Czech Republic in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee on Social Rights and the UN Human Rights Committees.

In addition to litigation, the Office’s agenda also includes ensuring the implementation of the decisions of these international bodies and obligations arising from international human rights conventions at the national level.

To this end, we have established the College of Experts on the Enforcement of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, an advisory body to the Government Agent.

Where to find
Opero?

Opero, Prague
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The importance of the implementation of international human rights obligations

The role of executive, legislative and judicial power

Human rights watchdogs

The role of international bodies

Speakers

Kateřina Šimáčková (online)

European Court of Human Rights

Kateřina Šimáčková is a judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

Previously she worked as a judge of the Czech Constitutional Court and the Czech Supreme Administrative Court. She has also worked In the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission), the Government Legislative Council of the Czech Republic and the Judicial Selection Committee of the European Union Civil Service Tribunal. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague and the Academy Assembly of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Her publishing and teaching activities at the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science of the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno focus mainly on the issue of fundamental rights and freedoms. In addition to numerous journal articles and textbooks, she is co-editor and co-author of the book Mužské právo. Jsou právní pravidla neutrální? and co-author of the books Évolution des rapports entre les ordres juridiques de l’Union européenne, international et nationauxLidská práva starších lidí, Budoucnost státu ?Lidská práva: (ne) smysl české politiky?Dvacet let Evropské úmluvy v České republice a na Slovensku, Komunistické právo and book commentaries on the Law on the Illegality of the Communist Regime, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and the Civil Code.

Clare Ovey

Committee of Ministers, Council of Europe

Clare Ovey is the Head of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the ECtHR, where she has worked since 2018.

Clare Ovey studied Law at Newnhan College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor. After spells in private practice and at the Law Commission of England and Wales, she started working in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in August 1995. In 2015 she moved to the Committee of Ministers Secretariat, with a primary responsibility for the CM’s quarterly human rights meetings at which it supervises the implementation of the Court’s judgments by respondent States.  In 2018 she started working in the Department for the Execution of the Judgments of the Court and has been the Head of Department since July 2020. She has been the co-author of a leading textbook on the Convention system since 2000.

Petr Konůpka

Office of the Government Agent

Petr Konůpka is the Government Agent of the Czech Republic before the ECtHR.

He studied law at Charles University and at Panthéon-Assas University in Paris. After an internship at the International Criminal Court for Rwanda, he joined the Office of the Government Agent of the Czech Republic before the ECtHR, where he became Deputy Government Agent in 2013. He is one of the main creators of the key projects of the office in the field of implementation of the Convention at the national level: the Newsletter, the Portal Mezisoudy and the College of Experts on the Enforcement of ECtHR Judgments. He lectures on ECtHR case law for the Judicial Academy and at the Faculty of Law of Charles University. He leads the authors’ team of the emerging commentary on the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Office of the Government Agent’s podcast on international human rights case-law