Veronika Bilkova

About/Bio

Veronika Bílková is the Coordinator of the Centre for International Law at the Institute of International Relations, Prague, and an Associate Professor in International Law at the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague. She has been the member of the European Commission for Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe on behalf of the Czech Republic since 2010.

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Unlawful Killing or Self Defence? Some Thoughts on the ECHR Decision in Makarova v. United Kingdom

The admissibility decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) do not usually attract larger attention. There are, of course, well-known exceptions, such as Banković and Others v. Belgium and Others. The recent decision in Makarová v. the United Kingdom (see here), rendered on 5 July 2018 by a committee composed of three judges, will certainly not become…

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Thou shalt not Insult the (Foreign) Head of State?

Earlier this month, a German prosecutor’s office confirmed that it was investigating TV comedian, Jan Böhmermann, for having read on his TV show, Neo Magazin Royal, a poem targeting the Turkish President Erdogan (see here or here). The poem, entitled “Schmähkritik” (“Defamatory”), accused Mr Erdogan of deliberately suppressing minorities such as Kurds and Christians. As the…

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