Who is protecting our human rights?

Pavel Molek, Law Faculty, Masaryk University, Czech Republic


Tuesday 23 April 2013



Podcast available HERE (34MB mp3 format)

Pavel Molek, from the Czech Republic's Masaryk University, will present a comparative perspective of human rights protection and explore national, regional and universal instruments and procedures determining traditional levels of human rights protection.

Providing the European approach as a case study, Molek will present an overview of human rights protection at the domestic level, and suggest the necessity for international and EU instruments to be applied in the European context. Molek describes these varying and complex levels of protection as the "brave new world" of human rights protection.

Is this approach applicable in the Australian context?  Molek will question whether the complex European model of human rights protection provides a better system of protection and explores whether Australia should similarly adopt this approach.


Global Experience

Co-presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Global Experience program


Pavel MolekPavel Molek  is a lecturer at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, since 2007, and a permanent visiting professor at Universidade Catolica, Lisbon for the program 'Law in European and Global Context'. He specialises in Human Rights, his favourite topics (theoretically and practically) being freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, right to fair elections and refugee rights. He is a part-time legal clerk at the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic (since 2003).

His main publications are: "Legal Concept of 'Persecution' in the Context of European Asylum Acquis", C. H. Beck, Praha 2010; "Freedom of Expression", Auditorium, Praha 2007 (together with Petr Jager); "Judicial Review in Election Matters", Linde, Praha 2006 (together with Vojtech Simicek); and "Communist Law in the Czechoslovakia - Chapters on the Era of Injustice", Masaryk University, Brno 2009 (as a co-editor and co-author).

Global Experience

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