Speakers

Ioulietta Bisiouli

European Implementation Network

Iouietta Bisiouli is the Director of the European Implementation Network, an attorney-at-law, and a member of the Athens Bar Association.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public International Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, having specialised in the protection of human rights. Ioulietta has extensive working experience in the human rights field, having previously worked at: the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI);  the Council of Europe Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights; the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights; the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg; and the Amnesty International  European Institutions Office as the Executive Officer for the Council of Europe (ad interim). She also has significant experience as a freelance consultant, having advised grassroots and international non-governmental organisations on international human rights standards. 

Alice Donald

Middlesex University London

Dr Alice Donald is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at Middlesex University, London.

Her research interests include the relationship between human rights and democratic governance and matters related to human rights implementation, particularly in the UK and Europe. She is co-editor with Joelle Grogan of The Routledge Handbook of Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Routledge, 2022) and co-author with Philip Leach of Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2016). She has conducted training for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from Council of Europe states and undertaken commissions to draft practical guidance for parliamentarians and officials on human rights and the rule of law, resulting in the Handbook for Parliamentarians: National parliaments as guarantors of human rights in Europe, co-authored with Anne-Katrin Speck and published by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Karel Dvořák

Ministry of Justice

Karel Dvořák is the Deputy Minister of Justice.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Charles University and also studied in Heidelberg, Germany. After graduation he worked at the Judicial Academy and for the Association of Local Authorities. Subsequently, he co-founded a successful law firm where he worked as a partner until joining the Ministry. At the Ministry he is in charge of the Supervision and Justice Section and the International and European Cooperation Section. His agenda consists mainly of the areas of foreclosures, insolvency, domestic violence, anti-corruption measures and prisons. In the field of human rights, his main focus is on the situation of disabled persons, children, victims and transgender persons.

Jakub Jaraczewski

Democracy Reporting International

Jakub Jaraczewski is a Research Coordinator at Democracy Reporting International, a Berlin-based NGO/think tank.

Jakub is involved in the “re:constitution – Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe” programme, where he works towards informing the public debate in the EU on the significance of the rule of law. Jakub has extensive experience in academic teaching, writing, and research, having previously worked at the Adam Mickiewicz University and as a lecturer in constitutional law at several universities in Poland. His opinions on the rule of law in the EU have been featured in i.a. Politico, The Guardian, New York Times, and Die Welt. He is one of the coauthors of studies on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union published jointly by Democracy Reporting International and European Implementation Network.

Veronika Ježková

ProFem and Pro Bono Aliance

Veronika Ježková is a lawyer and director of the Pro Bono Alliance. She also works for Pro Fem.

In 2000 she graduated from the Faculty of Law of Palacký University and in 2007 she passed the bar exam. She is a specialist in the field of assistance to victims of sexual and domestic violence.  She actively cooperates with the non-profit sector, participates in amendments in laws and publishes in the field of sexual and domestic violence (e.g. Jen Ano je Ano; Právem proti násilí na ženách – bílá místa české legislativy or Nejste na to Sama). Currently she works as a director of the Pro Bono Alliance and in 2020 she won the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Human Rights Award.

Věra Jourová (online)

European Commission

Věra Jourová is the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency.

She is currently Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency and deals with democracy, the rule of law, media pluralism, and the fight against disinformation. From 2014 to 2019, she served as EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, and Gender Equality. In 2014, before arriving at the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. She holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) and a Master’s degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from Charles University, Prague.

Debbie Kohner

European Network of National Human Rights Institutions

Debbie Kohner is the Secretary General of ENNHRI.

She has held this position since the network’s founding in 2013. ENNHRI supports National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to promote and protect human rights across wider Europe. 

Ms Kohner is a qualified solicitor, having practised law in London and Madrid. She has also worked in the NGOs sector and co-convened a coalition of equality and human rights organisations in Northern Ireland. Previously, she coordinated a major research project to set up the first reporting system for racist incidents in New Zealand.  She has also worked at Westminster, the UK Parliament.

Ms Kohner studied law at Jesus College, Oxford; Université de Paris II; and College of Europe, Bruges; as well as, at the University of Ulster, Peace and Conflict Studies.

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.

Henrik Kristensen

European Committee of Social Rights

Henrik Kristensen is the Deputy Head of the Department of Social Rights, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Directorate of Human Rights, Council of Europe.

Joined the Council of Europe in 1997 – having previously worked as a civil servant in the Danish Ministry of Labour – and has served since 2006 as Deputy Head of Department and as Deputy Executive Secretary to the European Committee of Social Rights (examination of national reports and treatment of collective complaints, follow-up to the conclusions and decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights, assistance to member States for the ratification and the implementation of the European Social Charter).

Viktor Kundrák

Office of the Czech Government

Viktor Kundrák is the Director of Human Rights and Protection of Minorities Department, Office of the Czech Government

Viktor Kundrák (Czech Republic) is a human rights lawyer with 13 years of experience. Since June 2023, he has been the Director of the Department of Human Rights and Minority Protection at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Previously, he worked for the OSCE/ODIHR in Warsaw as a Hate Crime Officer and Senior Advisor on Freedom of Religion or Belief, where he provided legislative and political advice to governments on hate crimes and freedom of religion or belief, trained hundreds of police officers, prosecutors, and judges, and shaped ODIHR strategy in these areas, across the OSCE region. Before that, he worked in the Office of the Government Agent before the European Court of Human Rights and UN treaty bodies, and at Amnesty International. Viktor holds Master’s degrees in Law (Charles University, Prague) and in Human Rights and Democratization (E.MA, Global Campus of Human Rights, Venice and ULB, Brussels).

Maroš Matiaško

Forum for Human Rights

Maroš Matiaško works as a human rights attorney, cooperates with several domestic and international NGOs and specializes in human rights litigation.

Maroš Matiaško graduated from the Faculty of Law in Olomouc (LL.M.) and completed his postgraduate studies in human rights in Utrecht (LL.M.). He completed his doctoral studies in Prague (JUDr.). In addition to law, he extended his education by studying philosophy (B.Sc.) and is now completing his Master’s degree at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. Maroš worked for several years in the office of the European Court of Human Rights. In 2015 he founded the Forum for Human Rights. He is the chairman of the Committee against Torture, the Human Rights Council of the Government of the Czech Republic, and a member of the College of Experts on the Enforcement of ECtHR Judgments.

Maroš has litigated or prepared a number of successful cases before the ECtHR (e.g. Bureš v. Czech RepublicČervenka v. Czech Republic), the European Committee on Social Rights (e.g. ICJ v. Czech RepublicMDAC & ERRC v. Czech Republic), UN bodies (e.g. before the CAT Committee in Černáková v. Slovakia). His substantive expertise Includes social rights, ill-treatment Issues, trans and Roma rights, and the rights of people with disabilities.

Clare Ovey

Department for the Execution of Judgments

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.

Eva Petrová

Office of the Government Agent

Eva Petrová is the Deputy Government Agent of the Czech Republic before the ECtHR.

In the area of implementation of human rights decisions, she is currently striving in particular for legislative anchoring of the unacceptability of corporal punishment of children and deinstitutionalized care for young children. She is the Chairperson of the Government Committee on the Rights of the Child and a member of the Association of Family Law and Guardianship Judges. She lectures at the Judicial Academy and the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno.

Ivo Pospíšil

Supreme Administrative Court

Ivo Pospíšil is a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court.

Ivo Pospíšil (born 1978) has been a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court since 2018 (among others, as a member of the Chamber for the Electoral Matters and alternate President of the Disciplinary Chamber for Judges). After studying law and political science, he joined the Office of the Public Defender of Rights and the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University (MU) in 2001. From 2002 to 2018, he held various positions at the Constitutional Court (assistant judge, head of the analytical department and secretary general), and from 2005 to the present he has also worked as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of MU. In 2014–2018 he was a member of the Legislative Council of the Government. He has authored or co-authored monographs in the field of international and constitutional law and international relations (Rights of National Minorities: Between the Universalism of Human Rights and the Particularism of Group Differences, 2006; International Human Rights Obligations of Post-Communist Countries: Cases of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 2016; Making Sense of Human Rights Commitments, 2016) and co-author of commentaries on the Constitutional Court Act (2007), the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (2012), the Constitution of the Czech Republic (2015) and the Anti-Discrimination Act (2015). He also regularly publishes in domestic and foreign professional journals.

Vít Alexander Schorm

Deputy Public Defender of Rights

Vít Alexander Schorm was elected Deputy Public Defender of Rights in October 2022.

Prior to that, he worked for more than twenty years as the Government Agent of the Czech Republic before the European Court of Human Rights and other international human rights bodies. At that time, he served on a number of expert bodies within Council of Europe dealing with human rights and the European mechanism for their protection in the framework of intergovernmental cooperation, a number of which he chaired in turn, including the Steering Committee for Human Rights. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University (1996), where he also obtained his JUDr. degree (2000). He also graduated from the French National School of Administration (ENA, 2002).

Anna Šabatová

Former Public Defender of Rights

Anna Šabatová served as Public Defender of Rights from 2014 to 2020.

Anna Šabatová signed Charter 77 in 1976, published information about it, and subsequently became its spokesperson. She served as a member of the Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Prosecuted from 1978 to 1990 and was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize in 1998. From 2001 to 2007 she worked as Deputy Public Defender of Rights, during which time she studied for a doctorate at the Department of Legal Theory at the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University in Brno. She was a member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture from 2008 to 2011 and chaired the Czech Helsinki Committee from 2008 to 2013. She was then appointed Public Defender of Rights.

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 nationaux, Lidská 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.

Jan Wintr

Faculty of Law of Charles University and Constitutional Court

Jan Wintr is a professor of the Department of Theory of Law and Legal Doctrines at the Faculty of Law of Charles University and a judge of the Constitutional Court.

He studied law, history, and political science at Charles University in Prague (he graduated from the law faculty in 2001, from the philosophy faculty in 2004 and PhD at the law faculty in 2006) and at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (2002-2003). He is the author of the monograph The Realm of Principles; General and Sectoral Principles of Contemporary Czech Law (2006), for which he received the Bolzano Prize and the Antonín Randa Prize; monographs Czech Parliamentary Culture (2010); Methods and Principles of Law Interpretation (2013); Transformations of Parliamentary Culture (2021); textbook Principles of Czech Constitutional Law (6th ed. 2023) and hundreds of other academic texts in the field of legal theory, constitutional law, legal history and political science. Until his appointment as a judge of the Constitutional Court in June 2023, he was a member of the Legislative Council of the Government and Secretary of the Permanent Committee of the Chamber of Deputies on the Constitution of the Czech Republic.

Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková

Office of the Czech Government

Moderators

Vladimír Janoušek Pysk

Office of the Government Agent

Vladimír Janoušek Pysk is the Deputy Agent of the Czech Government before the ECtHR.

He studied law at the Charles University in Prague and at the Universiteit Leiden. He has been working at the Office of the Czech Government Agent for ten years. Since 2017, he is a head of a division. He mainly focuses on the litigation part of the agenda. He himself drafted or supervised the drafting of the Government’s observations in dozens of cases, including those before the Grand Chamber and the inter-state application. Occasionally, he lectures for the Czech Judicial Academy and at law schools in Prague and Brno. His main areas of interest are criminal law, fair trial, security policy and restitutions.

Ľubomír Majerčík

Constitutional Court

Ľubomír Majerčík is Head of the Analytical Department at the Constitutional Court.

He studied law and international relations at Masaryk University in Brno and Central European University in Budapest. From 2007 to 2012 he worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) at the Council of Europe. Subsequently, he headed the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. He co-founded the Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation and worked as a consultant for the UNDP. He lectures at Masaryk University in Brno and publishes both home and abroad on international criminal law and human rights protection.

Kateřina Radová

Office of the Government Agent

Kateřina Radová is a lawyer at the Office of the Government Agent before the ECtHR.

In addition to her litigation practice, she focuses on the implementation agenda. She is one of the main creators and organizers of the conference. Currently, she coordinates the implementation of the D.H. and Others case concerning discrimination of Roma pupils in theirs access to education. She is also involved in the implementation of human rights obligations in the field of asylum and migration and is a member of the Committee on the Rights of Foreigners. She occasionally lectures for the Czech Judicial Academy and at the law faculties in Prague and Brno. She received her legal education at Charles University and at the Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands under the Erasmus programme. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Law at Charles University and a member of the Centre for Migration and Refugee Law.