Karel Šimka obtained degrees in law and political science from the universities in Plzeň, Praha and Passau. After graduating from the Faculty of Law in 1998 he became a judicial trainee and in 2001 he was  appointed as a judge. Initially he served at the District Court Praha-západ in the field of civil law and enforcement. Since 2005 he has been serving as a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court. Since 1998 he has been an external lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of West Bohemia (Západočeská univerzita) in Plzeň where he has held various academic positions (between 2000 and 2005 and newly since 2010). He has been teaching constitutional law at the CEVRO Institute College. Apart from it, he is also a lecturer of tax law and administrative justice for specialists.  From 2006 till 2009 he was a member of the Board of the Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in the area of social and economic sciences.

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