|Member of the Chamber of Deputies|
|Assumed office |
21 October 2017
|Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes|
1 January 2008 – 31 March 2010
|Preceded by||office established|
|Succeeded by||Jiří Pernes|
|Born||1969 (age 48–49)|
|Education||M.A. Mass Communication (1992)|
PhD Mass Communication (2001)
|Alma mater||Charles University|
Pavel Žáček (born 18 May 1969) is a Czech academic and politician who served as the first Director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the Czech government agency and research institute tasked with investigation of the crimes of the Communist regime of Czechoslovakia that was declared to be criminal in 1993. In 2017, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies and serves as a Civic Democratic MP.
He holds an M.A. (1992) and a PhD (2001) in Mass Communication from Charles University of Prague. He worked for the Office for the Documentation and the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism from 1993, where he was appointed Deputy Director in 1998. From 1999 to 2006, he was Senior Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
He was a member of the Czech Television Council 2001–2003. He is a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism. In 2010, he was succeeded as Director by Jiří Pernes. He served as adviser to Daniel Herman who was elected director of the Institute in August 2010. After a disputed Herman's removal in April 2013, Pavel Žáček was fired by the new director Pavla Foglová.
- "Dr. Pavel Zacek". Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "Prague Declaration - Declaration Text". Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2010.