On December 5-6, the CEELI Institute hosted judges from the Central and East European Judicial Exchange Network at its headquarters in Prague, as they continue their efforts to draft a reference manual that can facilitate practical application of relevant international standards to the day-to-day work of the judiciary. The reference manual project, initiated by the judges themselves, involves identification and cataloging of international standards that are directly applicable to the roles and function of the judiciary, and organizing those standards in an easily accessible format, to be made available for practical use and application. This program is a continuation of our ongoing effort, supported by the US Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), to promote the best practices for judicial transparency and accountability, and to build professional solidarity around issues of judicial integrity. This is the most recent in a series of events that the CEELI Institute has organized this year to build a sustainable peer support network around the issues of judicial integrity and court efficiency. Judges from Poland, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina participated at this most recent workshop.
Judge and CEELI Institute Management Boardmember Ivana Hrdličková will be in Tunis next week to participate in a Czech-Polish seminar. The seminar, entitled “The Success of the Democratic Transition — the Experiences of Poland and the Czech Republic,” will take place on June 16 and cover a range of topics, focusing on transitioning from totalitarian regimes, reforming judicial systems, developing regional governments, and transforming economies. Judge Hrdličková, contributing her expertise on the nature of totalitarian regimes and the reformation of judiciaries, will join the countries’ two Ambassadors in Tunis and a panel of experts from Poland and the Czech Republic.
On June 3, CEELI Institute Board member, JUDr. Ivana Hrdličková, spoke at the 20th Annual Prague College International Conference, Shared Values, lecturing in one area of her expertise, Islamic Finance. The title of her lecture was “An Ethical Perspective on Islamic Finance for a Non-Muslim Population.”
For the last twenty years, the principles and application of Islamic law, including Islamic finance, have taken centre stage, to the extent that some non-Muslim countries, such as the UK or Luxembourg, are now considered hubs of Islamic finance. Non-Muslim clients of Islamic financial institutions are usually looking for financing that is based on ethical principles, and Islamic finance offers an alternative to conventional way of financing. There are many questions to be answered concerning this issue. What are the real ethical values of Islamic finance? What are the most significant differences between Islamic financing and more conventional methods of financing? Is Islamic finance in non-Muslim countries compatible with the local legislative frameworks it operates under, and which laws can be used to formulate Islamic finance contracts?
The 2014 Prague College International Conference, Shared Values is taking place this week over the course of four days, with a selection of talks and seminars given by local and international speakers, focusing on the areas of Strategy, Finance, CSR, and Business Ethics. Read more on the Conference website.