Invited speakers

Věra Jourová, EU Commission
Věra Jourová is the current Commissioner for Justice, Consumer and Gender Equality. Her main responsibilities in the European Commission are fighting discrimination, promoting equality and pursuing negotiations on the proposed Anti-Discrimination Directive, which would ban discrimination in all areas where EU has jurisdiction, concluding the EU´s accession to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe or ensuring that all Commission proposals respect the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Kateřina Šimáčková, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic
Kateřina Šimáčková is a judge of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic since 2013. For over 15 years she has been active in advocacy. Afterwards she went into the justice system directly to the Supreme Administrative Court. For two years she has also been a member of the Government Legislative Council. Since the early nineties she is teaching at the Department of Constitutional Law at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno.

Emma Larking, Australian National University
Emma Larking is a Research Fellow at Australian National University at Centre for International Governance and Justice. Previously she worked as a lecturer in the University of Melbourne’s Schools of Philosophical and Historical Studies, and of Social and Political Sciences. From 2012 to 2015, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Hilary Charlesworth on Hilary’s ARC Laureate Fellowship project, ‚Strengthening the international human rights system: rights, regulation and ritualism‘. Emma’s PhD research focused on the liberal democratic response to refugees and asylum seekers. She drew on history, philosophy, and law to analyze the contemporary response to refugees. Her current research engages with political mobilizations for social justice.

Věra Honusková, Charles University in Prague
Věra Honusková is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the Charles University in Prague where she specializes in migration, asylum and refugee law and human rights. Among others she is a leader of the law clinic of asylum and refugee law. For many years she worked in non-governmental organizations dealing with refugees and migrants. Dr. Honusková is also a member of the academy network Odysseus Network, European Society of International Law and Czech Society of International Law. She has been an organizer and a speaker at many conferences and is an active publisher in the field of the migration law, family reunion and the influence of European law on Czech legislation, as well as other topics.

Jon Hoisaeter, UNHCR, Regional Representation for Central Europe (Budapest)
Join Hoisaeter is an acting UNHCR representative to Malta since 2009. One of the first Malta´s UNHCR office challenges in the beginning was to cope with the high influx of boats from Libyan coast and other countries heading toward European land.

Petr Kostohryz, Norweigan Refugee Council
Petr Kostohryz is the Country Director at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Jordan. Over the past 15 years he has worked with the UN and several NGOs in various contexts in the Caucasus region, Central Asia, East Africa and the Middle East managing large assistance programmes for refugees and internally displaced.

Elizabeth A. Dennis, Houston College of Law

Elizabeth A. Dennis is Assistant Dean, Director of Academic Internship and Associate Professor of Clinical Studies at the Houston College of law. Her main areas of expertise are criminal, civil and judicial externships, introduction to law, legal method, legal research and writing.

Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg
Hennie Strydom became full professor in 1995 and in 2002 he was appointed at the then Rand Afrikaans University (RAS) as professor in public law, with public international law and administrative law as teaching obligations. Prof Strydom has published extensively in numerous fields of law and is currently the president of the South African Branch of the International Law Association. He was awarded the NRF Research Chair in International Law for the period 2013 – 2018.

Lee Stone, University of South Africa
Ms Lee Stone is engaged with the University of South Africa. Her main expertise lies in the area of constitutional law, refugee law and humanitarian support.

Cristiano d´Orsi, University of Johannesburg
Cristiano d´Orsi holds a PhD in International Relations (International Law) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Before joining the University of Johannesburg NRF Research Chair in International Law team, Cristiano was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in South Africa. His research interests mainly include the legal protection of asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons in Africa, African Human Rights Law, and, more broadly, with the development of International Law in Africa. Cristiano currently lectures in these areas and he delivers regularly presentations in international conferences.

Martin Faix, Palacký University Olomouc
Martin Faix is Vice-Dean for International Affairs and Senior Lecturer in International Law at the Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Law. He is teaching part-time also at the Charles University in Prague, where he obtained his Ph.D. in international law (focusing on international law aspects of military missions of the European Union). His research and teaching interests include use of force under international law, international organizations and human rights. Since 2015, Martin serves as alternate member of the Management board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on behalf of the Czech Republic.