Matěj Slavík (Project Manager)
Matej is a fifth-year student at the Charles University Law School. Currently, he stays in Lund where he studies EU law. He is the summer school's project manager for 2020 and he'll try hard to help you enjoy the summer school as much as he did when he first came as a participant in 2017.
Matěj worked at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic and the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic. Recently, he concluded his internship at the Constitutional Court. He also participates in the Street Law project which helps educate people from excluded areas in Czechia and is trying to be an active member of the Czech Society for European and Comparative Law.
For a long time, Matěj longed for becoming an influential economist. In his eyes, it was the most effective way to improve living conditions for people in Central Africa as well as to protect the natural environment surrounding them, which is something he cares about deeply. That ended during his one year stay in New Zealand when he found out that in this scenario, the rest of his life would be inevitably attached to working with numbers, so he decided to help through other means. There was also a point, where Matěj thought about pursuing a career in the field of classical music as a professional violin player. That ambition has been gone for long, but his passion for classical music is here to stay. And the same goes for sports. Matěj played soccer for 6 years and was (kind of) a professional athlete in modern pentathlon (swimming, fencing, running, horse riding and shooting). Such experience made him a little bit competitive.
Recently, Matěj become passionate about constitutional and EU law. He also follows world news and loves to debate about them with a glass of a beer in his hand. He will also get married soon! Together with his fiancée, they will soon become co-authors of a book about Populism and Law.
Having finished her second year at the Faculty of Law, Jana is one of the youngest members of the Summer School team.
Although she had always thought she would study philology and pedagogy, she chose law in the end, which was a decision she will never regret. Apart from finding interest in EU law, her studies at the Faculty of Law have already made her a human rights enthusiast.
Since the start of her studies she has been a member of Common Law Society and recently she also joined the Society’s Board.
She loves sports and games so she will always be happy to join for a volleyball match or any board game.
Kryštof (feel free to call him Chris) is in his fourth year of the Charles University Law School. He joined the Summer School team in 2016. He quickly worked his way through from the youngest member of the team to the communications manager and president of the Common Law Society.
Having long planned to become a teacher, he finally opted for a career in law. He was lucky enough to have his child dream come true when he joined the Street Law project which allowed him toteach a law course in one of Prague’s private high schools. Besides, Kryštof works for a bankruptcy & insolvency law firm in Prague, which has but deepen his interest in commercial and insolvency law.
In his free time, he likes to practice sports, especially badminton and floorball. Last but not least, he loves watching football games - any fans of Manchester United over here?!
Natálie is a second year student at the Charles University Law School. While she has started to take EU law classes only recently, she is already a big fan and that’s why she is really excited to be part of this amazing organizational team. Together with Kryštof, she takes care of the Summer School promotional activities and stakeholder communications. So if you have any questions or issues, she is the one to reach out to.
She also participates in the Street Law project where she helps to bring law in an entertaining and interesting way to high schools. Over the last year, in parallel with her law studies, she was also studying political science and international relations while it took some digging before she confirmed what direction she wants to pursue, now it’s more than clear to Natálie that she wouldn’t change law for anything else and she looks forward to simply furthering her interest and knowledge in international relations with new friends all around the EU. As the youngest member of the Summer School team, she can’t wait to make part of this amazing project for the first time! And by the way, Natalie loves tennis, plays the piano and teaches small kids how to play.
Alumni team members
Zuzana Vikarská (Founding Academic Director)
Zuzana Vikarska (Zuzi) is a true European: she was born and raised in (Czecho)Slovakia and has studied in Czechia, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, briefly also in Hungary and in the Netherlands. Studying law was a pragmatic choice; if it weren't for her parents, she would probably have pursued a career in journalism, languages, IT or music. Thanks to her Erasmus year in Leuven (and thanks to the incredible charisma of Koen Lenaerts) she fell in love with EU law and decided to stay and learn more about it. When she'd had enough of beer, chocolate and waffles, she moved across the channel to do a post-grad at Oxford, and slightly changed her focus to human rights (and medical law in particular). The city of dreaming spires absolutely won her heart, so she stayed there to pursue a research degree under the supervision of Steve Weatherill. Last spring she moved to Brussels to work for her home country during the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the EU. After SK PRES she moved to Brno (CZ) and she is currently a lecturer in constitutional law and human rights at the Masaryk University in Brno and she also works as a law clerk to the most amazing constitutional judge. When she's not working or writing her dissertation, she loves to organise (anything), chill (anywhere) and chat (with anyone).
Jan Komárek (Founding Academic Director)
Jan is Professor of EU law at the Univesity of Copenhagen. He has been the summer school’s academic director since 2012 (with a break in 2017) and has also done quite a bit of teaching in the moutains – and elsewhere (Oxford, LSE or Science Po).
No matter how much Jan would want to be a true scholar, he is first of all the father of two amazing kids. This keeps him away from pursuing many brilliant ideas he has got but rarely gets written down and published (what true scholars do). Nevertheless, he managed to publish articles on EU law, courts and adjudication that people read and write about (a debate on his article will be published soon by International Journal of Constitutional Law, he published articles in American Journal of Comparative Law, Common Market Law Review and is on the Editorial Board of European Constitutional Law Review), which makes him very happy. At present he lead the ERC Starting Grant project on European Constitutional Imaginaries: Utopias, Ideologies and the Other.
Jan studied in Prague, Stockholm and Oxford and before going to academia, he worked for the Czech Foreign Ministry and for the Constitutional Court as the President’s legal clerk. After seven years at the LSE he moved to Copenhagen in 2017 to take up the Chair in EU law at the Faculty of Law and i.Courts and is excited about coming back to what he considers his favourite part of Europe (besides his home country) – Scandinavia.
Jan loves the mountains, mountain running and rock-climbing and in an alternative life he would like to work as a sherpa – not for his government in the European Council, but bearing loads in the mountains.
Jan Exner (Academic Director of the 2019 Edition)
Jan Exner (Jenda) is a true sportsperson. Even though he never has been and never will be a top athlete, he loves sports and this passion shines through both his personal and professional life. He studied at a sport-oriented grammar school and has been interested in law in sport since the very beginning of his studies at the Charles University Law School.
Thanks to his EU law-oriented friends, the summer school and the character and nature of EU law, Jan has also gradually taken liking to EU law. That is also why he spent one (and the best) year of his life on Erasmus in Toulouse, France. When Jan graduated from law school in 2016, his dream became reality as he got the opportunity to work as a lawyer for the Czech Olympic Committee. Except for his Olympic journey, Jan works partially for the Fédération internationale de natation.
He is also a lecturer and a PhD student in EU law, human rights and sports (with a focus on anti-doping). Sport also fills the majority of Jan's free time. He has recently fell in love with cross fit and mixed martial arts.
Except for sport, Jan enjoys traveling (across the Czech lands as well as well as around the World), spending time with and talking to his friends over a good (Brazilian of Italian) coffee, red French or white Czech wine and Czech beer (preferably Pilsner) or reading books and watching movies (in Czech, English and French).
Hi, I am Robin and I am a judicial law clerk at the Prague Administrative court. Despite my initial grudge towards this particular area of law I find it very entertaining and enlightening (no, really, I do!).
Having spent ludicrous amount of time around computers, technical support and web administration of this Summer School was the obvious choice for me. There are moments at which I am unable to be found at the chalet but it is mostly because I am behind of a wheel of a car and bringing your favourite lecturer form the Prague airport. Or I just went out to do a little bit of shopping for you.
Having the opportunity to come back to this Summer School every year is a real privilege for me. I would not trade these past 6 years for anything because spending 2 weeks each year in a beautiful environment with such amazing people beats everything. It is not something one walks away from easily. Next edition of Summer School can’t come quick enough but paitence is a virtue and I am very much looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with our old friends.
Additionally, I recently became a huge fan of group fitness workouts, especially LesMills workouts and TRX workouts. I also wouldn’t say no to a game of volleyball or frisbee, which I hope I will be able to convince some of you to play with me in the mountains.
Honza is one of the members of Summer School team, for whom this year is the first experience with organizing it. He’s studying the third year of the Charles University Law Faculty and since his second semester at the University, he’s been a member of the board of the Common Law Society, while his position now is the treasurer.
In Honza’s free time his biggest hobby is definitely sport. He never says no to an opportunity to play any kind of sport. He plays tennis and golf, but nowadays his biggest passion is quidditch!
Thanks to meeting Jenda at the Common Law Society Freshers’ Summer School, he’s been focusing on sports law since his first days at the University and so he may combine his hobby with studies. In the past two years, he has been the project manager of another summer school on sports law, organized for Czech students. Being a fan of the best Czech football club, AC Sparta Prague, he had the chance to be an intern at the law department of this club, but he has been an intern at the law department of the Czech Olympic Committee, too. As this year‘s topic of the Summer School is sports law, he had no choice but to become a part of our team and he’s looking forward to meeting you!