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Klara Polackova Bio

Klara Polackova, LLM '09, a recipient of the Michigan Law Grotius Fellowship, received degrees in law and political science, international relations and European studies from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She also studied at the University of Oslo, Norway, where she completed courses at the Arena Institute, and attended the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law in Geneva, Switzerland.

Prior to coming to Michigan Law, Polackova practiced law with the Prague office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, inter alia, working on international investment arbitration cases, and was an intern clerking for Justice Eliska Wagnerova at the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. 

Polackova also worked as an analyst on research projects at the Comparative Political Science Institute and at the International Institute for Political Science of Masaryk University, focusing on political processes in Central Europe, and in particular on the transformation of political and legal systems in Central Europe after the fall of non-democratic regimes. She has published several articles including: "Formal Institutionalization of Social-economic Relations in Poland and the Czech Republic (1989 – 1998)," Politologicky casopis (Political Science Journal), 2006, Vol. XIII, No. 2, pp. 214 – 242; "The Czech Republic and Austrian Foreign Policy In: Hlousek, Vit – Sychra Zdenek (eds.): Austria in European and Central European Politics," Brno, International Political Science Institute, 2005, pp. 32 – 59; and "European Parliament Elections 2004 in Austria and Austrian Political Parties" (with Vit Hlousek), Central European Political Science Review, 2005, Vol. VII, No. 1, Winter 2005, pp. 1-12.

During her studies at Masaryk University, Polackova served in a number of elected positions in student government. From 2006-2007, she was the president of the Czech Republic national student government in which capacity she led efforts to reduce social barriers restricting access to higher education in the Czech Republic, and to eliminate age discrimination in the access to government social support for students. She also represented Czech student interests towards the national government and other policy-makers and tertiary education stakeholders, on both national and pan-European levels.

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