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Czech Republic
Nejvyšší soud České republiky
 
prof. JUDr. Pavel Šámal, Ph.D.
 
President since: January 22, 2015
 
Justice of the supreme court since: 1991
 
Career before being justice of the Supreme Court:
After the successful completion of prof. Šámal´s studies at the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague in 1977 he received his doctorate degree (JUDr.) in 1980 and he earned his Ph.D. in 1999. He was appointed associate professor of criminal law in 2001 and subsequently professor of criminal law, criminology and criminalistics by the President of the Republic in 2006. He is a professor of criminal law at the Faculty of Law of the Comenius University in Bratislava and at the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague. He also holds the position of an external lecturer at the Department of Criminal Law at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, at the Czech Judicial Academy in Kroměříž
and at the Judicial Academy of the Slovak Republic in Pezinok.

He began his judicial career at the District Court in Most where he worked from 1979 as
a presiding judge of a panel. From 1982 he worked as a judge at the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem, becoming a judge at the Supreme Court in 1991. Besides his judicial function at the Supreme Court, he was an intern at the legislative department of the Ministry of Justice between 1999 and 2004 where he assisted in preparation of important legislative changes in the area of criminal law. He has been a member of the Examination Board for examination of judicial candidates (since 1992) and for bar examination of trainee lawyers in criminal law (since 1996). Furthermore, he has been a member of working committee of the Government Legislative Council of the Czech Republic for criminal law (since 2007, having previously held a position of a member of Legislative Council 1998-2015) and a member in the editorial boards of legal journals such as Právní rozhledy, Bulletin advokacie, Soudní rozhledy, Trestněprávní revue a Collection of Decisions and Standpoints – Selection of the Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, considered to be of the highest importance for the Czech judicial practice by the Supreme Court. He has been a member of the International Association of Penal Law (Association Internationale de Droit pénal) since 2002. Before the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union, he was a member of the Coordination Group of the Ministry of Justice for ensuring the institutional integration of the Czech Republic in the European Union. He has been a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University in Brno, a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague and a long time member of the Commission for the recodification of substantive and procedural criminal law, established by the Ministry of Justice.