CEELI team thanks Chloe Jasper, who worked as an Institute Intern from February until July!
We are grateful for her work on the website and social media. We really enjoyed her stay in our office!
This week, July 13-15, the CEELI Institute welcomed board members, partners, and future collaborators to the Villa Grébovka for our annual board meeting. Board members arrived on Sunday for an evening welcome reception on our terrace.
The sessions began with an early morning joint meeting of the CEELI Institute Management and Supervisory Boards and Friends of CEELI Institute. After lunch, the meeting opened up to all guests to discuss strategies for future program development and implementation. CEELI Institute Founder and Chairman of the Board, Homer E. Moyer, Jr., opened the session by facilitating a discussion on our current programs around the world. Most important for the Institute has always been ensuring quality programs and trainings.
The second day of the meeting was composed of panel discussions led by several of our participants. Starting us off in the morning were several members of the CEELI team: Marek Svoboda, Director of Programs; Joel Martin, Director for Special Projects; and Bill Meyer, Chairman of the Board, ILAC. The panelists gave participants overviews of some of CEELI’s programs, focusing mostly on our projects in Burma and Tunisia. The presentations led to a discussion on the future of these programs, strategies for evaluating effectiveness, and how the evolving situations in our host countries affect our programs.
After lunch, Daria Kaleniuk, the Director for the Anti-corruption Centre in Ukraine, and David Ennis, Chief ofParty for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in Ukraine, presented on anti-corruption, election fraud, and investigation standards, both generally and in Ukraine. Both presentations were dynamic and provocative, and participants afterwards agreed that both presentations by Ms. Kaleniuk and Mr. Ennis were substantive contributions to the overall conference.
Following the substantive discussions on Tuesday, the CEELI Institute concluded the Annual Meeting with a small farewell get together at the Villa. Members were able to relax, discuss topics from the day in an informal setting, and enjoy each other’s company for their last night in Prague. The Institute thanks everyone who was able to come, and we look forward to seeing many of you again soon.
The CEELI Institute gives many thanks to Ambassador Eisen for graciously hosting the CEELI Institute staff, board members, and friends at his remarkable residence Monday evening, in conjunction with the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Prague. Guests were treated to a surprise tour of the historic villa, and Ambassador Eisen himself gave a talk on the house’s history and his own personal connection with the house and its restoration. The Ambassador has been a wonderful friend to the CEELI Institute, and we are grateful for the support he has shown us and for his work in the fight against corruption.
From June 30 – July 2, 2014, CEELI Institute Executive Director Christopher Lehmann participated as an invited expert in the “Second Seminar on the Role of the Judiciary in Handling Counterterrorism and Other National Security Cases within a Rule of Law Framework,” held at EUROPOL Headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands. The conference was organized by the Criminal Justice Sector and Rule of Law Working Group, of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). The goal of this program was to complete work on the draft GCTF Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Handling Counterterrorism Cases within a Rule of Law Framework. The sessions were organized around the individual draft good practices, with each session involving brief presentations, from judges, magistrates, or other experts, followed by a moderated discussion.
The Hague Memorandum will build on the initial Good Practice Document, The Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector, which was approved by the GCTF plenary in June 2012 and has rapidly become one of the key international reference documents for the development of legislation, procedures, and practices designed to facilitate terrorism investigations and prosecutions. The Hague Memorandum will be intended to provide similar guidance to judges engaged in handling counterterrorism and national security cases.
Among the proposed good practices for the judiciary that are under consideration are the needs to provide special measures to protect victims and witnesses during the trial process, ensure courtroom and judicial security, develop appropriate legal frameworks or guidelines for the use and protection of evidence from intelligence sources and methods, and develop and articulate media guidelines for judges handling terrorism cases.
This June, Tunisia formally launched the Truth and Dignity Commission, first announced in December 2013 after being voted in by the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly. The formation of the Commission came as part of a greater transitional justice law passed in December, which sought to address past human rights violations. The Commission will target human rights abuses, particularly those involving women and children, investigating claims of violations dating all the way back to 1951. The launch occurred on June 9 in Tunis, after a long six months of finalizing Commission members and duties.
The launch took place at an International Conference, during which UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon spoke and Archbishop Desmond Tutu appeared in a recorded message. Both messages were congratulatory but warned of the challenges ahead, which were then discussed by representatives from all over the world who have experienced firsthand the obstacles similar commissions have faced.
Members of the CEELI Institute have been lucky to witness Tunisia in its post-revolutionary reformation through our extensive judicial training program, Training Judges for a Democratic Society, and anti-corruption programs in Tunis.