CEELI Launches New Anti-Corruption Compliance Training


This year, the CEELI Institute launched a new curriculum designed to train practitioners on effective corporate compliance with international anti-corruption standards, including the operation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Anti-Bribery Law and the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).  The program is targeted at individuals who have responsibilities for advising their clients or employers on internal corporate compliance.  CEELI recognized a growing demand for such training, particularly for practitioners in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. In house advisors are increasingly required to have detailed knowledge of relevant anticorruption statutes, as well as the broader international context in which multi-national corporations must now function. Avoiding corporate liability for corrupt practices is now critical to business operation, yet many lawyers in the region have had limited experience with international anti-corruption laws and with corporate compliance mechanisms.   


Our initial roll out of this program was held in Prague, at the CEELI Institute, in January 2018. The program examined various situations which present corruption risks, and explained how a good compliance program is a risk-reduction tool that can help manage corruption risks and reduce the likelihood of improper conduct and violations of law.  Based on the enthusiastic participant response, we look forward to making this program a regular component of our anti-corruption program offerings. 

CEELI Program Director is a Rock Star:  Literally


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


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). 

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


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.



Training on Application of EU Instruments in Criminal Law


In February and April, the CEELI Institute hosted three sessions of a new program, focused on application of EU instruments in criminal justice. Organized in cooperation with the Association of Croatian Judges, the program brought together in total 83 criminal judges from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The program focuses on tools providing access to the full extent of rights guaranteed by EU law, specially on applying the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the Directives on the right to information in criminal proceedings, and the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings.

The program is led by 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).