CEELI Program Director is a Rock Star:  Literally

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The CEELI Institute is not all work and no play.  By day, Marek Svoboda is CEELI’s Director of Programs but by night (and occasionally Saturday afternoons) Marek Svoboda is the songwriter, vocalist and guitarist/bassist/Ukulele-ist for one of the Czech Republic’s top pop bands, ILLE.  Their hit single Na druhé straně from their new album, Pohadky, has currently held the top spot on the Czech indie charts for the past five weeks! 

His band ILLE has had a strong presence of the Czech scene for some time Their first album, released in 2013, secured three nominations at the “Anděl awards” (the Czech equivalent of the Grammys) the highest number of nominations for any act that year. Their current album, releast on March 16th 2018, is a melting pot of funky guitar riffs, spacey synth melodies and haunting vocals. It brings to mind 80s synth pop fused with Folksy Indie.  

Marek was the creative force behind much of the current album and had a hand in penning many of the songs on the album. Watch the video for his song Na druhé straně here, currently leading the main Czech indie chart. 

You can check out the rest of ILLE’s music by following this multilink 

We also ask that any fan mail you may wish to send to Marek be sent to ILLE and not CEELI unless of course it’s to do with his great work promoting the rule of law. 

EU Criminal Law: Training for EU judges at CEELI

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The CEELI Institute is proud to have initiated a new effort this year, funded by the European Union, to provide much needed training for judges from the eastern countries of the EU on relevant EU law, instruments and directives governing the application of criminal lawThis project was held in Prague, but was jointly organized with our partner, the Association of Croatian Judges, and represents the first time both organizations have directly implemented European Commission funding—a milestone step for both.  The initial three program sessions held at the Villa Grebovka and delivered between February and April 2018, brought together 83 judges from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The program focused on the role of judges in ensuring that defendants in criminal cases have full access to their rights guaranteed by EU law.  The course specifically focused on application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, and the related Directives on the right to information in criminal proceedings and on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.  The trainings were led by Judge Marin Mrčela, President of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) and Judge at the Croatian Supreme Court, and funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020). 

Watch Now: Preserving a Free Society: Governmental Power and the Rule of Law

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The CEELI Institute is delighted to announce that its Founder and Board Chair, Homer E. Moyer. recently hosted a widely broadcast panel on ‘Governmental Power and the Rule of Law,’  held in Washington DC and hosted by both the Wilson Center and the International Bar Association. The panel included perspectives from an impressive range of voices, including Senator George Mitchell, the former Peace Envoy to Northern Ireland and the Middle East,  former United States Trade Representative Carla A. Hills, and US Court of Appeal Judge, Thomas Griffith.  The panel launches the International Bar Association’s six-part series on ‘Preserving a Free Society’ which will feature former and current senior government officials and other distinguished guests discussing the rule of law.  Future panels will continue to bring a mix of perspectives on rule-of-law issues, including precisely what this oft-used phrase means, what its implications are, what practical meaning it has for public citizens and for those in government, and its importance to the institutions, traditions, and durability of free societies.

 

PRESERVING A FREE SOCIETY -“Governmental Power and the Rule of Law”

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Join the International Bar Association and the Wilson Center on Thursday 19th April for Part One of a Six-Part Program. Guest speakers will include:

George J. Mitchell Jr.
Former Democratic Senator for Maine and Senate Majority Leader,
Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace

 Carla A. Hills
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Ford Administration),
Former United States Trade Representative (George H.W. Bush Administration)

Thomas B. Griffith
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit (George W. Bush Administration)
Former Chief Legal Officer of the U.S. Senate

Moderator: Homer E. Moyer Jr.
Former Appointee in both Democratic and Republican Administrations and
Founder of the CEELI Institute, an independent Rule of Law Institute in Prague

The Seminar will look to address such questions as:

What is the appropriate role of each branch of government in safeguarding liberty and preserving the rule of law?  

What must officials of each branch do to ensure that the government respects the legal limits of its own power?  

On a day-to-day basis, what does the rule of law cause senior government officials to do – or refrain from doing? 

To what extent do unwritten rules and established traditions protect free societies and reinforce the rule of law?

Insight will be offered by some of the leading minds on the topics of Rule of Law and governmental power. Don’t miss your chance to take part in seminar one of this exciting series. You can RSVP here.