Forum 2000 (www.forum2000.cz) is an annual convocation n Prague to honor the legacy of Václav Havel by supporting the values of democracy and respect for human rights. The Forum provides a platform for global leaders to openly debate and share thoughts on this critical issue. This year, CEELI will join Forum 2000 as a program organizer, hosting a panel entitled “Good on Paper: Weakening of Rule of Law in the Postcommunist Region?” The CEELI Institute panel will focus on the increasingly frequent attempts by various state actors across the region to weaken or bend the rule of law and mandates of institutions for political means, to set their agenda from the outside and to interfere with judicial independence by executive influence. Panel participants will include views from Russia (St. Petersburg-based lawyer Sergey Golubok), Poland (Warsaw lawyer Marcin Matczak) and the Czech Republic. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 6pm at the European House in Prague.