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Head of JUSTIN

David Kosař

David Kosař

David Kosař earned his M.A. in Law at Masaryk University, LL.M. in Human Rights Law at Central European University, and J.S.D. at New York University School of Law. He clerked for a Justice and then the Vice-President of the Supreme Administrative Court, and for a Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. In 2016 he was awarded the ERC Starting Grant to study the effects of judicial self-government (“JUDI-ARCH – The Rise of Judicial Self-Government:Changing the Architecture of Separation of Powers without an Architect”, 2016-2021). He is the author of Perils of Judicial Self-Government in Transitional Societies (CUP, 2016). David has published in American Journal of International Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, European Constitutional Law Review, German Law Journal and International Journal of Refugee Law, and a member of several learned societies (ASIL, ESIL, IPSA, ICON-S, and the Czech Society of European and Comparative Law). David’s research interests include constitutional law and theory, judicial studies, international law, human rights, refugee law, and transitional justice.

Senior Researchers

Simone Benvenuti

Simone Benvenuti

Simone Benvenuti earned his M.A. in Political Science and PhD in Theory of the State and Comparative Political institutions under the supervision of Professor Fulco Lanchester, at University “La Sapienza” in Rome, where he also worked as teaching assistant in Comparative constitutional law. Between 2010 and 2011, he spent one year as CMEPIUS Research fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana, where he researched on the judicial reforms in countries from former Yugoslavia under the supervision of Professor Janez Kranjc. In 2012, he was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship to study the effects of judicial training and socialization on the development of a European judicial culture, notably in then new Member States (“EJT – European judicial training and culture”). In November 2013 he obtained the qualification as associate professor in comparative public law in Italy. He authored two books on the French and Italian judicial councils and on the role of CEECs national parliaments in the EU respectively, and published articles in Italian and international journals. Simone’s research interests include constitutional law and theory, parliamentary law, comparative political institutions and judicial studies.

Hubert Smekal

Hubert Smekal

Hubert Smekal holds a PhD in European Studies from Masaryk University, Brno, where he currently works as an assistant professor. He spent a year (2010–2011) as a Fulbright–Masaryk Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley. He co founded the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization and serves as a member of the Human Rights Council of the Czech Government. His academic interests take in the issues of human rights, the political role of the CJEU and ECtHR, and judicialization of (international) politics. Smekal has published articles in European Constitutional Law Review, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, and Journal of Mixed Methods Research. He has authored two books on human rights, co edited five volumes, and published a number of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Samuel Spáč

Samuel Spáč

Samuel Spáč earned his PhD at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) and his M.A. in Political science at Central European University in Budapest in 2013, where he received The Best Thesis Award for his research on judicial independence in Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2016 he was a Visiting Post Graduate Researcher at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. From 2013 to 2016 he worked as a project coordinator and an analyst for anti-corruption NGO Transparency International Slovakia with focus on topics of judiciary, state-owned companies and local self-government. Samuel's research focuses on institutions of judicial independence, performance of judiciaries and gender issues.

Katarína Šipulová

Katarína Šipulová

Katarína Šipulová earned her PhD at the Faculty of Social Studies, Department of European Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, and the MSt title in Socio-Legal Research at the University of Oxford. Her main area of interest is transitional justice and democratization of the Central and Eastern European countries. Katarína Šipulová worked as Head of the International Department of the Czech Supreme Court. She has been an active member of several research projects dealing with human rights as well as international law and its impact on domestic jurisprudence (e.g. international human rights treaties in national legal systems, implementation of ECtHR case law against the Czech Republic). Katarína was co-leader of a project on the application of EU law by the Czech civil courts conducted by the Supreme Court in 2012.

Nino Tsereteli

Nino Tsereteli

Nino Tsereteli holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oslo, Norway, where she worked as a researcher for the PluriCourts, Centre for the Study of Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order (2012-2015). She also holds an LL.M. in public international law from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2008), an LL.M. in comparative constitutional law from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (2007) and an LL.B. from Tbilisi State University. She worked for the Ministry of Justice of Georgia as a legal advisor and a Deputy Head of the Department of State Representation to International Courts (2009-2011).

Ladislav Vyhnánek

Ladislav Vyhnánek

Ladislav Vyhnánek works as an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University and as a part-time law clerk at the Czech Constitutional Court. Ladislav holds legal degrees from Masaryk University (Mgr., JUDr., Ph.D.) and NYU School of Law (LL.M.). His research interests include constitutional law and human rights with a focus on the role and functioning of constitutional courts in constitutional democracies. Ladislav's recent publications have dealt with variety of issues including judicial review of social rights regulations by constitutional courts, appointment of constitutional judges or the positions of the Czech Constitutional Court with regard to ECtHR's case-law, EU and the Czech constitutional identity.

Marína Urbániková

Marína Urbániková

Marína Urbániková earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, where she currently works as an assistant professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, teaching especially courses focused on methods and techniques of research and statistics data analysis. Her research interests include for example topics of professionalization of journalists, journalistic education or journalistic objectivity. She also works as a sociologist at the Office of the Public Defender of Rights, where she mostly deals with researches concerning area of discrimination and functioning of a state administration.

Researchers

Adam Blisa

Adam Blisa

Adam Blisa earned his M.A. in law at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno, and continues there as a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science. Apart from his work at the Judicial Studies Institute, he clerks for a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic.

Tereza Papoušková

Tereza Papoušková

Tereza Papoušková earned her M.A. in law at the Faculty of Law and in international relations at the Faculty of Social Studies, both at Masaryk University in Brno. Since 2015 she has been a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University. She worked as a law clerk for a constitutional justice and as a member of the OPCAT National Preventive Mechanism. Her research interests include the role of lawyers before courts, constitutional courts and the issue of who is (should be) the bearer of fundamental rights.

Jan Petrov

Jan Petrov

Jan Petrov studied law, political science and international relations at Masaryk University. Since 2014 he has been a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Constitutional Law and Politics at Masaryk University Faculty of Law. Besides his doctoral studies he worked as a law clerk to Tomáš Langášek – a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic for more than two years. Jan‘s research interests include especially constitutional and international courts. More specifically, Jan has been researching on topics such as judicialization of politics, relations between constitutional courts and parliaments, compliance with international law, domestic judicial application of international human rights law, and effectiveness of the ECtHR.

Project Administrator

Veronika Slováčková

Veronika Slováčková

Veronika Slováčková earned her Master´s degree in English Language Teaching for Secondary Schools at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University and also gained internationally recognized Cambridge CELTA qualification for teaching English abroad. Moreover, she finished her piano studies at the Conservatory Brno with Debussy´s Images. Currently, she is taking a course in Legal English at the Faculty of Law.


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