The Chair of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic Iva Brožová visited the CEELI Institute on November 18, 2014. She met with Executive Director Chris Lehmann and Director of Programs Marek Svoboda, who updated her on the various new programs the Institute is now working on and how interested Czech judges could participate. Czech judges have not only been participants at various CEELI Institute events, but also now appear as faculty in other programs such as the trainings of Tunisian judiciary.
On November 6, CEELI Institute Program Director Marek Svoboda delivered a lecture on Rule of Law and Transitional Justice at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. The lecture was part of a semester-long course organized by Demas, a platform of Czech NGOs working, predominantly abroad, in support of democracy, human rights and rule of law. The topics discussed included the various definitions of rule of law, how they correlate with foreign assistance programs of the CEELI Institute, other similar organizations and what the most common pitfalls and challenges are of such cooperations. The students also had the opportunity to discuss the current changes in Czech foreign assistance priorities, dividing into two groups and each arguing for one approach.
The CEELI Institute in cooperation with the National Instance for the Fight Against Corruption (INLUCC) conducted a three-day training at INLUCC’s offices in Tunis, Tunisia. The training brought together 18 lawyers, judges and civil servants from various governmental agencies in Tunisia, including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, Competition Commission and Ministry of Transport among others with the aim to equip civil servants from across government sectors to detect and combat corruption.
The CEELI Institute supported the participation of two international trainers – Mr. John Madinger and Ms. Liljana Selinšek. Mr. Madinger is a former senior special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service in the United States. Ms. Selinšek recently served as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption in Slovenia and is a criminal law expert, primarily on combating corruption and cybercrime.
On Day 1, participants defined basic terminology and established a foundational understanding of the techniques for combating corruption, specifically financial corruption. On Day 2 and Day 3, participants applied this knowledge to case studies of public corruption, analyzing each case from the perspective of the corrupt individual as well as the authorities trying to identify and combat the corruption. Participants also completed a group exercise in which they identified the most prevalent forms of corruption in Tunisia and appropriate techniques for addressing these issues.
The most pressing issues discussed included: techniques for detecting and combating money laundering, corruption in the areas of public procurement and customs, corruption related to tobacco smuggling along Tunisia’s borders, as well as preventative and punitive measures for countering corruption.
The CEELI Institute and INLUCC will conduct another training focused on corruption in public procurement next month in Tunis.
On Tuesday, November 25th at 7 PM the Vila Grébovka will host a screening of the film “Putin’s Games.” The film follows the lead-up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and the corruption that surrounded the planning and construction of the games. These Olympics games reveal much about the current state of Russia and some of its problems. Read more about the film here.
The film will be screened in Russian with Czech subtitles. Admission is open to the public and free. Join the Facebook event here. We hope to see you there.