Katarína Šipulová, MSt student at Centre for Socio-Legal Research, University of Oxford and a PhD student at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Masaryk University, specialises in legal as well as political issues of transitional justice in context of democratization and de-communization.  In 2012-2015, Katarina worked as the Head of the Department of Analytics and Comparative Law at the Czech Supreme Court. She has been an active member of several research projects dealing with human rights, international law and its impact on domestic jurisprudence (e.g. international HR treaties in national legal system [Masaryk University], implementation of ECtHR case law against the Czech Republic, application of EU law by the Czech civil courts [Supreme Court], Study on the service of documents – Comparative legal analysis of the Member States’ relevant provisions and practices and minimum standards [DMI Associates, Department of Legal Sciences of the University of Florence and Faculty of Law of Uppsala University]). Since 2009, she has been a member of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. 

Core publications and conferences:

  • Šipulová, Katarína and Jozef Janovský and Hubert Smekal: Ideology and International Human Rights Commitments. To be published In: Wind et al.: International tribunals and domestic policy, by Cambridge University Press. Presented at conferences "International Courts and Domestic Politics", Copenhagen 2014, Oslo 2015.
  • Janovský, Jozef a Katarína Šipulová. Political Regimes and International Human Rights Commitments: The Moderation Effect of Treaty's Control Mechanism. In Venice Academy of Human Rights - PluriCourts (University of Oslo): Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law (Workshop lead by Philip Alston). 2014.
  • Smekal, Hubert a Katarína Šipulová. DH v Czech Republic Six Years Later: On the Power of an International Human Rights Court to Push through Systemic Change. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Antwerpen: Intersentia, 2014, Vol. 32, No. 3, s. 288-321. ISSN 0169-3441.
  • Týč, Vladimír, Linda Janků a Katarína Šipulová. Reservations to Human Rights Treaties: A Case Study on the Practice of Czechoslovakia and Its Successor States. International Community Law Review, Brill, 2014, Vol. 16, No. 3, s. 371-398. ISSN 1871-9740.
  • Smekal, Hubert – Šipulová, Katarína: D.H. v. Czech Republic Five Years After: On the Power of an International Human Rights Court to Push Through a Systemic Change. Berkeley Law - Sciences-Po Ecole de Droit Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Symposium, May 2012.
  • Šipulová Katarína – Vít Hloušek (2013). Different Paths of Transitional Justice in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.World Political Science Review, Berkeley: Berkeley Electronic Press, 2013, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 31-69.
  • Šipulová Katarína (2013): Tranzitní spravedlnost v postkonfliktním prostředí: stíhání zločinů a usmíření společnosti. In: Ozbrojené konflikty po konci studené války. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, Muni Press, 2013, pp. 275-308.
  • Šipulová, Katarína (2009): Postkonflitkná konsolidácia a rekonciliácia spoločenských systémov – Rwanda a Sierra Leone (Post-conflict consolidation and reconciliation of the societal systems – Rwanda and Sierra Leone). Mezinárodní vztahy, 2009, č.2, s. 5-24.


Research Interests

Judicialization, Transitional Justice, Democratization processes, International law and its application by domestic courts.

Research projects