The CEELI Institute 2015 Annual Report Now Available!


The CEELI Institute is excited to announce that our 2015 annual report is now available! The report follows the progress of our ongoing projects, including regional work in Tunisia and Burma, as well as our efforts here at the Villa Grébovka in Prague, including our highly acclaimed anti-corruption course, our CEE Judicial Network, and many more! Downloadable versions of all our annual reports can be found here.

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Employee Profile: Ivan Blažek



The CEELI Institute is delighted to welcome a new addition to our staff, Finance and Administration Manager Ivan Blažek. Ivan started with the Institute in October 2015 and will oversee the Institute’s finances and provide administrative support for program development and implementation. Prior to joining the CEELI Institute, Ivan earned a Master’s degree in International Politics and Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague and worked for five years as finance and office manager at International Young Naturefriends, also in Prague.

Ukraine: Defending Media Freedom



The CEELI Institute is hosting training for Ukrainian lawyers dedicated to the legal defense of journalists and bloggers across their country. In cooperation with the Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI), a Kiev-based NGO, CEELI is bringing these lawyers together for a seminar in Prague, as a follow-up to similar programs that were held in April and October 2015. After focusing on topics such as the protection of whistle-blowers, libel laws, media self-regulation, and comparative EU media law, this next phase (March 2016) focuses both on experiences with pursuing Article 10 (right to freedom of expression) cases at the European Court of Human Rights, and with the legislative transformation affecting state media in Central Europe. The topics, selected by the RPDI, reflect the immediate challenges facing Ukraine today. As the country continues undergoing a deep and uncertain transition, the degree to which its reform efforts are successful will have a profound impact not only on Ukraine itself, but on the entire region. Facilitating the exchange of expertise and best practices between Ukrainian legal professionals and their colleagues from EU countries helps increase the chance that the reforms will succeed.

The CEELI Institute Annual Meeting: June 26-27, 2016


Mark your calendars to join us in Prague, at the Villa Grebovka, on June 26-27, 2016 for the CEELI Institute Annual Meeting. Once again we look forward to bringing together a diverse cross section of academicians, government officials and experts, as well as our board members, funders, partners, and friends, to discuss some of the most pressing issues we face in our efforts to advance the Rule of Law in ever more challenging environments. The gathering allows us the opportunity to take an intensive look at our programs, as well as hold a frank discussion on the critical challenges facing our region as it struggles with war, corruption, and the rise of illiberal regimes which question the value of democratic transitions.  This year’s program will focus not just on problems, but on solutions:  What are effective strategies for delivering development assistance and supporting civil society in the face of hostile environments and government repression.  Our schedule is as follows:

June 26 – Guests arrive in Prague; Welcome Reception at the Villa Gröbovka

June 27 – Full Day Program of Speakers and Panels at the Institute:  Advancing the Rule of Law:  Unfinished Business.

June 29 – CEELI Institute Board of Directors Meetings

All events will be held at the Villa Grebovka, in Prague.  We have limited accommodations for up to 38 guests at the Villa.  Since space at the Villa is limited, if the number of guests exceed the Villa’s capacity, we will help arrange nearby hotel rooms.

Registration is now open at:
Password for the registration page: prague_2016