JUDr. Martin Faix, PhD., MJI

  • Head of the Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law
  • Vice-Dean for International Affairs of the Faculty of Law, Palacký University
  • Courses taught:
    • Public International Law I., II.
    • Law of Armed Conflict and Use of Force
    • International Humanitarian Law (in Czech language)
    • Law of International Organisations
  • martin.faix@upol.cz



Education and professional experience

Martin studied law (Masters´ in Law) and international law (Masters´ in International Law) in Giessen, Germany and Brisbane, Australia. In 2011, he completed his PhD with a thesis on international law aspects of EU´s military operations at the Charles University in Prague. Prior to his appointment at the Palacký University Faculty of Law in 2007, Martin served as a lecturer at the Chair for European Law and Transition Studies (prof. Mahulena Hofmann) at the University of Giessen, Germany. In addition to his teaching roles in Olomouc and Prague, Martin has been a speaker and lecturer internationally, with engagements in various countries including France, Luxembourg, Brazil, Colombia, South Africa, New Zealand, or Portugal. Martin's academic contributions have been recognized with several scholarships, such as the German Federal Scholarship, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, and the International Visegrad Fund Scholarship. He has an extensive publication record with around 70 works (as author or co-author) in different fields of international law and is frequently consulted by media outlets like Czech TV, Czech Radio, and various newspapers for his expertise in international law.

Research fields and expertise

Martin´s research interests include general international law, international institutional law, human rights, law on the use of force and law of armed conflict. He developed and broadened his knowledge of international law by participating in several activities, including the UN International Law Seminar (Geneva, Switzerland), the Venice Academy of Human Rights (Venice, Italy), Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany) or internships with various institutions (Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations, New York; Australian Red Cross, Queensland Branch, Brisbane).

For several years, Martin has been a member of the European Society of International Law and the Czech Society of International Law. He acted as co-author of national reports for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, he was a substitute expert for Czech Republic within the Network on Free Movement of Workers in the EU. In the period of 2015 - 2020, he served as alternate member for the Czech Republic of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights; in the period 2012 - 2022 he was a member of the Center for Excellence on Human Rights at the Charles University in Prague.

Currently, Martin is a holder of the Bohdan Winiarski Scholarship 2024, which is awarded by the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge and the Embassy of Poland in London.

Selected publications

  • FAIX, Martin; SVAČEK, Ondřej (eds.). ICC Jurisprudence and the Development of International Humanitarian Law. Palgrave, 2024 (forthcomming)
  • FAIX, Martin; STEJSKAL, Petr. "Legal Aspects of Misattribution Caused by Cyber Deception," in: Jančárková, T., Visky, G., Winther, I. (eds), 2022 14th International Conference on Cyber Conflict: Keep Moving! (CyCon), NATO CCDCOE Publications, Tallinn, 2022, pp. 205-218, doi: 10.23919/CyCon55549.2022.9810910.
  • FAIX, Martin; JAMALI, Ayyoub. “Is the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in an Existential Crisis?” Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Volume: 40 issue: 1, page(s): 56-74. Article first published online: January 13, 2022; Issue published: March 1, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1177/09240519211072424.
  • FAIX, Martin; JAMALI, Ayyoub. The Application of the Doctrine of Res Judicata in the Context of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Analysis of the Court’s Decisions in the Gombert and Dexter Cases. Comparative Law Review [online]. 22 December 2021, T. 27, s. 235–253. DOI 10.12775/CLR.2021.009.
  • FAIX, Martin, KLECZKOWSKA, Agata, “A bridge too far: Polish-Czech border incident”, Völkerrechtsblog, 5 August 2020; ISSN 2510-2567; https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/a-bridge-too-far-polish-czech-border-incident/
  • FAIX, Martin; HEIKKINEN, Tuomas. Circumventing Obligations Through Multinational Military Operations: Legal Consequences for Troop Contributing States. International and Comparative Law Review, 2019, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 172– 189. DOI: 10.2478/iclr-2019-0006
  • BRUNNER, Tomáš, FAIX, Martin. The Attribution Problem as a Tool of Lawfare. Obrana a strategie, vol. 18, no. 1, 2018 (June 2018), pp. 079-094; DOI 10.3849/1802-7199.18.2018.01.079-094.
  • FAIX, Martin, SVAČEK, Ondřej. International Law on the Use of Force – the Need for Methodological Debate. In: Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law, vol. 9, 2018, pp. 95-110.
  • FAIX, Martin. Rules of Engagement – Some Basic Questions and Current Issues. In: Czech Yearbook of International Law. 2010, vol. 1, pp. 133-146. (can be downloaded here)

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