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.

We want to raise awareness of the Czech Republic’s international human rights obligations.

We also strive to raise awareness of our international obligations in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms and their effective implementation in practice by public authorities. We train the professional public, and operate a database of Strasbourg case law with annotations of important ECtHR judgments in Czech. We also publish a regular electronic quarterly on ECtHR case law and the activities of our office.

In order to make it even easier for the professional public to access and work with human rights case law, we have embarked on a three-year project on Awareness Raising of the Jurisprudence and Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and Other Human Rights Bodies, funded by the Norway Grants, which culminates this year.

Project outputs

The project will bring a new integrated web portal Mezi—soudy („Between—Courts“), where you can find:

Case law database

Search the case law of the ECtHR, the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic and UN committees in one place

Thematic guides

Summaries of ECtHR case law on selected legal issues

Newsletter of the Office

Electronic quarterly of the Office of the Government Agent on the current case law of the ECtHR

Compatibility Manual

A guide to checking the compatibility of draft legislation with the Convention and the case law of the ECtHR

Translations of international human rights documents

Translations of international conventions, general comments of UN Committees and other important human rights documents into Czech

Podcast Mezi—soudy

The Office of the Government Agent’s podcast miniseries not only on the implementation of ECtHR judgments and EESC decisions