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17 October 1959|
Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia
|Alma mater||Charles University|
|Awards||The Prize of the Ministry of Culture for Contribution to the Promotion of Czech Culture|
Pavel Smutný (born 17 October 1959) is a Czech solicitor, businessman, benefactor and philanthropist. He is a partner in the law firm Císař, Češka, Smutný s.r.o., President of the Czech-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (ČISOK), President of the Bohemian Heritage Fund, an endowment fund, and a member of several other international chambers of commerce. In his legal practice he specialises in international investment relations and commercial law.
Smutný graduated from the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague in 1982, and passed the viva voce at the same school one year later. He continued as a research fellow at the school’s department of international law. In the early 1990s, he spent some time as an in-house research fellow at the Institute of State and Law of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (Czech: Ústav státu a práva ČSAV). He was also an external expert for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) "New Democracies" programme and spent one year on a study visit to the Sorbonne in Paris.
In 1993, he and his associates, Jaromír Císař and Zdeněk Češka, set up their own law firm, Císař, Češka, Smutný, s.r.o. In addition to legal counselling the firm works on issues related to corporate social responsibility.
In 2009, Pavel Smutný and his associates set up an endowment fund called the Bohemian Heritage Fund. Smutný has been active in various international chambers of commerce for many years. Since 2009, he has been the President of the ČISOK and a member of the French-Czech Chamber of Commerce and the HST Chamber of Commerce Switzerland–Czech Republic.
In 2011, he initiated the Arnošt Lustig Prize, which is now awarded by ČISOK every year to a living Czech citizen who is considered to have contributed to the preservation and promotion of societal values such as courage, fortitude, humanity, and fairness.
Smutný is also a member of the Council of the National Theatre, the Board of Directors of the Smetana’s Litomyšl International Opera Festival, and the Brussels-based Fédération Européenne des Amis de l’Opéra (European Circle of Friends of Opera and Ballet) known as FEDORA.
Involvement in media-covered cases
Císař, Češka, Smutný, s.r.o. has, or example, represented the Czech Republic in the case of Čepro vs. Krejčíř.
On 23 March 2016 at the Nostic Palace, Smutný was awarded the Prize of the Ministry of Culture for Contribution to the Promotion of Czech culture, for his contributions to the cultural heritage of the country.
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- Císař, Češka, Smutný s.r.o., Law Firm
- BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND, endowment fund
- Council of the National Theatre