This page shows a selection of speakers at the Forum. For a full list of speakers please see the individual sessions in the programme.
Věra Jourová is currently European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
Before coming to the European Commission, she was Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Prior to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and also was involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession.
Věra Jourová holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) from the Charles University, Prague and a Master's degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.
Dunja Mijatovic was elected as the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg on 24 January 2018. Ms Mijatovic was elected for a non-renewable term of six years starting on 1 April 2018.
>Prior to this appointment Dunja Mijatović was the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media. She was also President of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies, the largest media regulators’ network in the world. For more than two decades she has worked on human rights, media law and regulation, institution building in transition states and ways to deal with hate speech and dangerous speech in complex post-war societies. She has extensive experience in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms through international dialogue and cooperation, media law and policy and Internet governance.
Michael O’Flaherty is FRA’s current Director. Previously, he was Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also been the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. In addition, he has held a number of senior UN posts in the field, supported UN headquarters in various human rights programmes, been a Vice-Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee and has sat on the advisory boards of numerous human rights groups and journals internationally. His recent publications include volumes on the law and practice of human rights field operations, the professionalization of human rights field work and human rights diplomacy.