Forum 2000 (www.forum2000.cz) is an annual convocation in Prague, originally founded by Václav Havel, dedicated to 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 again joined in Forum 2000’s Festival of Democracy, hosting a panel entitled “Unwinding: Rule of Law Reform in Europe Under Pressure.” The CEELI Institute panel addressed the uneven road in transformation of post-communist countries into fully functioning and healthy democracies. With the re-emergence of political nationalism and authoritarian instincts, pro-democratic cooperation across borders is of utmost importance. This session looked at current developments as well as possible strategies of international efforts aimed at advancing the rule of law amid the current volatility. Speakers included Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of the acclaimed Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza; Mykhailo Zhernakov, a former judge, and Director of the DeJuRe Foundation (Ukraine); Jeremy Druker, Executive Director of Transitions Online (Czech Republic) and Christopher Lehmann, Executive Director, the CEELI Institute.
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.