Jiri Schwarz, a native of the Czech Republic, currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration at the University of Economics in Prague. He received his Ph.D. in economic science in 1993 from the University of Economics in Prague. In 1990, just a year after the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, he founded the Liberalni Institut and serves as its president ever since. From 1993 to 1997 Dr. Schwarz was also a board member of an investment company in Prague and the Czech representative in the European Federation of Investment Funds and Companies in Brussels (1996 to 1997). From 2000 until 2002 he was selected to be the extraordinary member of the Ministerial Expert Committee for Relations between the State and Churches in the Czech Republic. In 2009, during the time of the Czech Presidency of the EU, Prof. Schwarz was appointed a member of the National Economic Council of the Czech Republic. He is also a member of ESO, a team of economic advisors to the chairman of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and in 1994 also became a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Prof. Schwarz' academic research and teaching is mainly focused on the economics of regulation, the economics of politics, transition from command to market economy, and the history of economic thought. Among his numerous publications, only two books can be mentioned here: "In Plea for a Liberal Order" published in 2003, and his "In Plea for a Real Transition" followed in 2004.