People

Co-directors of JUSTIN

About David

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, European Journal of International Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, European Constitutional Law Review, Hague Journal of the Rule of Law, German Law Journal, and International Journal of Refugee Law. He is a member of several learned societies (ASIL, ESIL, LSA, ICON-S, ECPR) and the inaugural co-chair of ICON-S CEE Chapter (2018-2021). David’s research interests include constitutional theory, comparative public law, judicial studies, international human rights law, refugee law, and transitional justice.

E-mail: David.Kosar@law.muni.cz

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About Katarína

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.

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Senior and Junior Researchers

About Adam

Junior Researcher

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 clerked for a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic (currently on a parental leave from this position).

E-mail: Adam.Blisa@law.muni.cz

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About Lukáš

Senior Researcher

Lukáš Hamřík holds a PhD in International Relations and European Politics from Masaryk University, Brno. His academic interests include personalization of politics at the EU level, EU institutions, governance and democracy in the EU, EP elections and electoral behaviour. Lukáš has published in prestigious journals such as Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), Journal of European Integration, and Journal of Contemporary European Research.

E-mail: Lukas.Hamrik@law.muni.cz

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About Etienne

Junior Researcher

Etienne is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford and a researcher at JUSTIN. He has obtained his B.A. and M.A. in political science at the University of Jena and studied as a visiting student in Michigan and Seoul.

Etienne researches EU responses to Hungarian and Polish democratic backsliding as well as the two governments’ efforts to reduce the costs of autocratization. In his work, he uses mixed methods: qualitative methods such as process tracing and elite and expert interviews as well as computational methods for text-as-data applications. At Wolfson College (University of Oxford), Etienne represented early career researchers in his function as Chair of the General Meeting – the Common Room President – and as a twice-elected member of the Governing Body. He is a co-founder of OxonCourts, an interdisciplinary forum for researchers interested in judicial studies at Oxford. Before joining Oxford, Etienne taught political science courses in Jena.

E-mail: Etienne.Hanelt@law.muni.cz

Web: https://etiennehanelt.github.io

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EtienneHanelt

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About Ondřej

Senior Researcher

Ondřej Kadlec obtained his first law degree at Charles University (2013; summa cum laude), where he also defended his doctoral thesis written under the supervision of Zdeněk Kühn (2019; the topic concerned The Role of the Grand Chambers of Czech Supreme Courts and the Plenum of the Czech Constitutional Court in Judicial Law-Making; published in 2019 by Wolters Kluwer). He also taught undergraduate legal theory for two years during his doctoral studies. In the course of and immediately after his first master’s studies, Ondřej attended a US dual-degree program. After two years in the Sunshine State, he obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University (2014; magna cum laude).

Currently, besides working with JUSTIN, Ondřej pursues his DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Dorota Leczykiewicz. In his DPhil, Ondřej further develops his MPhil thesis on the Role of the Grand Chamber in the Decision-making of the ECtHR, which he successfully defended in January 2019 (with distinction; supervised by Alison Young). From June 2014 to March 2019, Ondřej clerked at the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic. Since 2019, he is also qualified to perform the duties of a judge in the Czech Republic. Ondřej’s research interests include philosophy of law, legal reasoning, judicial application of law, or general questions concerning the development and the role of case-law.

E-mail: Ondrej.Kadlec@law.muni.cz

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About Mathieu

Senior Researcher

Mathieu Leloup is a postdoctoral researcher at the Judicial Studies Institute at Masaryk University and an Assistant in constitutional and administrative law at University of Antwerp. His main interests lie in fundamental rights law and constitutional law, with a focus on issues of separation of powers and judicial independence. His PhD discussed the impact that the ECtHR and the ECJ have on the domestic separation of powers via their fundamental rights case law.

E-mail: Mathieu.Leloup@law.muni.cz

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Madalina Bianca Moraru, Ph.D., LL.M.

 Inactive employment status

About Madalina

Senior Researcher

Madalina Moraru (PhD in Law) is currently a part-time Assistant Professor at the Centre for Judicial Cooperation of the European University Institute (EUI), a MASH Junior Grant awardee of the Masaryk University, and Lecturer in EU law at the Law Faculty of the Masaryk University. She obtained her PhD from the EUI in 2015 with a thesis entitled Protecting (unrepresented) EU citizens in third countries: the intertwining roles of the EU and its Member States.

She has a magna cum laude LLM in European Law from Durham University (2008), as well as from the EUI (2010), and a law degree from the Faculty of Law, Bucharest (2007). She has been a Policy Advisor for a member of the European Parliament; and a Visiting Fellow at the Court of Justice of the European Union. She has authored numerous publications on the role of courts in shaping refugee and migration law, EU citizenship, migration, rule of law, and judicial interactions on fundamental rights. She has been awarded 11 research grants and awards from European and national funding agencies. Her CV and teaching are available here, and the list of grants and publications is available on her ORCID profile.

E-mail: Madalina_Bianca.Moraru@law.muni.cz

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About Hubert

Senior Researcher

Hubert Smekal works a Senior Researcher at the Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University, and a Lecturer at the Department of Law, Maynooth University. Hubert studied Law and European studies in Brno and Bologna. His research focuses on the interplay between law and politics, especially concerning the EU, courts and human rights issues. Hubert was awarded a year-long Fulbright Post-Doc Research Fellowship (2010–2011), which he spent studying courts and judicial politics at UC Berkeley. Hubert co-founded the Czech Centre for Human Rights and was a member of Czech Government Human Rights Council.

Hubert authored and co-authored ten books in English and Czech, including the recently-published Domestic Judicial Treatment of European Court of Human Rights Case Law: Beyond Compliance (Kosař et al., Routledge 2020). He authored and co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, many of which appeared in leading legal, political science and human rights journals such as European Constitutional Law Review, German Law Journal, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, European Political Science and Europe-Asia Studies. Hubert has participated in two ERC projects, one H2020 project and three grants from the Czech Science Foundation.

E-mail: Hubert.Smekal@law.muni.cz

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About Samuel

Senior Researcher

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.

Email: Samuel.Spac@law.muni.cz

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About Marína

Senior Researcher

Marína Urbániková is an assistant professor at the Judicial Studies Institute (JUSTIN) and the Department of Media Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University (2016). Marína´s research interests fall into two areas: socio-legal studies (in particular, topics of gender and law, public confidence in judiciary, on-line courts and on-line dispute resolution) and media studies (in particular, journalistic autonomy, journalism cultures, public service media, security and safety of journalists, and public confidence in media and journalists). She was also the head of the research unit at the Office of the Public Defender of Rights, where she mostly conducts socio-legal research studies on equality, discrimination, and public administration.

E-mail: Marina.Urbanikova@law.muni.cz

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About Attila

Senior Researcher

Attila studied law in Budapest, Heidelberg, and Munich, graduated as JD in Budapest in 2005, earned his LL.M. in German Law and his PhD (doctor iuris) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. He defended his post-doc thesis (Habilitation) at the Vienna University of Business and Economics (Wirtschaftsuniversitӓt Wien). After teaching law at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in various positions, and at the University of Hull (UK) as a lecturer in law with a focus on European and British public law, he became senior lecturer and later associate professor at the German-speaking Andrassy University of Budapest, and happened to be the Vice-Dean between 2013 and 2016. He joined the Judicial Studies Institute in 2021.

He has around 150 publications in five different languages, is a regular speaker at international conferences, and has been a guest lecturer at different German and Austrian Universities. Besides his academic career, he has gathered considerable practical experiences in public and European law, as well.

E-mail: Attila.Vincze@law.muni.cz

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Project administrator

About Petra

Petra earned her Master's degree in Media and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. She continues there in a doctoral degree programme in Media and journalism studies. She focuses on topics related to gender and media.

E-mail: Petra.Pichanicova@law.muni.cz

Senior JUSTIN Fellows

Simone Benvenuti, Ph.D.


Simone Benvenuti is a researcher at the Department of Law at the University of Rome Tre. He is currently teaching Comparative Constitutional Law.

Nino Tsereteli, Ph.D. LL.M.


Nino Tsereteli is working as a researcher for Democracy Reporting International (DRI), an international group of experts focusing on topics such as democratic governance and elections.

Bríd Ní Ghráinne, DPhil LL.M.


Bríd is an expert in Public International Law, particularly in internal displacement, human rights, and refugee law. Her work on these topics has appeared in leading international peer- reviewed journals, and her monograph entitled 'Internally Displaced Persons and International Refugee Law' was published by Oxford University Press in 2022. Brid is an Assistant Professor at Maynooth University; a Senior Affiliate of the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London; a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, Prague; and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an LLM cum laude from Leiden University, and a BCL (International) from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Jan Petrov, Ph.D. LL.M.


Jan Petrov is a junior research fellow in Law at The Queen’s College of University of Oxford. His research project focus on the clash between the judicialization of politics and executive dominance in the context of the contemporary crisis of constitutional democracy.

Tereza Papoušková, Ph.D.


Tereza Papoušková became an assistant to Justice at The Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. She was clerking for Justice Kateřina Šimáčková.

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