Vladimír Klokočka


1929 – 2009


Who was Vladimír Klokočka?

Vladimír Klokočka was a Czech lawyer, legal expert and politician. Klokocka was a signatory to the Charter 77 manifesto, which criticized the Czechoslovakian Communist government for not implementing basic human rights provisions.

Born in Prague in 1929, Klokocka graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague. He worked as a lecturer following his graduation from Charles University.

In the spring of 1968, Klokocka became a deputy in the Czech National Council, the Czech lower house within Czechoslovakia during the height of the Prague Spring reform period. He also became the dean of the Faculty of Law in Brno, where he drafted new election laws for Czechoslovakia. However, in August 1968 Soviet and other Warsaw Pact forces invaded Czechoslovakia and crushed the liberalization movement. Klokocka was removed for public office and his academic positions at the university.

Klokocka took a job with an insurance company following his removal. However, he was fired from the company once he joined with other Czechoslovakian professionals and dissidents to sign the Charter 77 manifesto. Under threat of political persecuation, Klokocka fled the country and settled in exile in Munich, West Germany. He was able to obtain a position on the faculty of the University of Munich.

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Apr 23, 1929
  • Czech Republic
Lived in
  • Prague
Oct 19, 2009

on July 23, 2013


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