UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


The race for Prague Castle: Who will be the next Czech President?

10 January 2023, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

A photo of the Prague Castle with the Czech flag

A panel discussion co-organised by the British Czech and Slovak Association and UCL SSEES Centre for the Study of Central Europe. This will be an in-person event also livestreamed online.

Event Information

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Masaryk Room
UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
16 Taviton street

In January this year voters go to the polls to elect the Czech Republic’s second directly elected president. Key contenders include the billionaire populist Andrej Babiš, retired general Petr Pavel and economist Danuše Nerudová, who may have the realistic prospect of becoming Czechia’s first ever female head of state.

This event, co-organised by the British Czech and Slovak Association (BCSA) and UCL-SSEES Centre for the Study of Central Europe brings together academic specialists on the Czech Republic for a roundtable discussion of the presidential candidates and the presidential election campaign; what they tell us about the political direction of the Czech Republic; and how the role of the head of state may change when a new president takes office in increasingly turbulent economic and politics times.

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Please use the following link to join the event online https://ucl.zoom.us/j/93275290836 


Tim Haughton is Professor of Comparative and European Politics at the University of Birmingham. He a political scientist with a particular interest in electoral and party politics, electoral campaigning, and the politics of Central and Eastern Europe, especially Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. He is the co-author of The New Party Challenge (Oxford University Press, 2021) and was the joint editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies’ Annual Review of the European Union for nine years (2008-16).

Barbara Havelková is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and a Tutorial Fellow at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford. Her research and teaching interests include gender legal studies and feminist jurisprudence, equality and anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, EU law and law in post-socialist transitions. Her book, Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism' (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2017) and received an honourable mention from the judges of the BASEES Women’s Forum Prize for 2019. Between 2014 and 2017, she acted as an Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on issues of gender and law.

Jiří Přibáň is Professor of Law at Cardiff University. He has published extensively on social theory and the sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights. His monograph Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society (Routledge, 2015) was awarded the SLSA Socio-Legal Theory and History Book Prize. He is the founding director of the Centre of Law and Society and an editor of the Journal of Law and Society. He regularly contributes to the Czech and international media.

Chaired by Dr Seán Hanley (UCL SSEES)


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