JUDr. Mgr. Ivo Pospíšil, Ph.D.

Secretary General (since 01.03. 2013)

JUDr. Mgr. Ivo Pospíšil Ph.D.

Ivo Pospíšil (born in Brno in 1978) is a graduate of the Faculty of Law (2001) and Faculty of Social Studies, study field political science (2005), at Masaryk University.

In his work to date, he has tried to combine legal practice with academic and educational activities. He has worked in the academic sphere at, for example, the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University (1999–2001), and has taught human rights and international law at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University (2004–2005) and at a number of private universities. He has worked as a member of the academic staff of the Institute for Comparative Political Research (2005–2006), and has been working part-time from 2005 to date as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University.

As far as his legal practice is concerned, he joined the newly formed Office of the Public Defender of Rights (2001–2002) after completing his studies. Soon afterwards, he has moved to Constitutional Court where he gradually occupied several positions. He started as an assistant to then Vice President of the Court Eliška Wagnerová, in 2009 he was appointed head of the Analytical Department and he was appointed to his current position of Secretary General by the President of the Constitutional Court in 2013.

Beside his position at the court he stands as a member of Examination Commission of the Czech Bar Association and a member of Governmental Legislative Council.  

Ivo Pospíšil has also written a number of monographs, such as The Rights of Ethnic Minorities: Between the Universalism of Human Rights and the Particularism of Group Difference (2006) and Formation of the Political System in Estonia (2005). He has also co-authored the monographs The Baltic States in Transformation. Political Development in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia (2000), Armed Conflicts after the End of the Cold War (2012), Judicialization of Politics (2013), Human Rights in International Relations (2014) and Helsinki Process, Velvet Revolution of 1989 and the Czech Transformation (2015). He also co-authored commentaries to the Law on the Constitutional Court (2007), to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (2012), and the Constitution (2015) and acted as joint editor of a number of anthologies, such as In dubio pro libertate – Thoughts on Constitutional Values and Law and Vladimír Klokočka – liber amicorum (both 2009). He also publishes his critical opinions on current affairs in the daily press.

He is married and has two sons.