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).

FULLY BOOKED! Spring session of CEELI’s Anti-Corruption Course on the Investigation and Prosecution of Public Corruption Cases


The CEELI Institute is delighted to announce a spring session of our signature anti-corruption course on the investigation and prosecution of public corruption cases. This five-day, highly interactive training provides participants with a comprehensive framework for initiating and pursuing official corruption cases. The course will take place at the Villa Grebovka in Prague the week of April 23-27, 2018, and is designed to walk participants through the investigation of a case involving official corruption. Participants will work in small groups with a hypothetical case to develop their own investigation strategy, learning to use time-tested investigative tools and develop practical skills along the way. Participant efforts are augmented by expert guidance and instruction.

Over the course of five days, students will:

• Learn to identify transactional red flags and evaluate possible cases of official corruption
• Analyze publically available information to detect signs of corruption
• Develop an investigative plan and take the first steps in pursuing their proactive investigation
• Consider what documents to access—and how to get them
• Discuss how to utilize law enforcement tools to access financial records
• Consider how to acquire and use legally collected electronic evidence
• Use invoices, payment ledgers, receipts, and travel records to support the investigation
• Undertake forensic analysis of relevant financial evidence necessary to “follow the money”
• Learn techniques for effectively conducting interviews of potential witnesses and targets
• Prepare and present a summary of their investigation, supported by the necessary evidence and considering possible defenses and challenges that would be faced at trial
• Consider non-investigative measures to prevent and expose official corruption

The Institute continues to bring together the world’s most experienced anti-corruption prosecutors, forensic accountants, and practitioners as faculty to design and teach this course.

We are confident that this is one of the best anti-corruption courses currently being offered. As one of the participants  noted: “This was an exceptional experience. There was complete understanding among participants, regardless of the differences between legal systems, and we all shared a mutual goal of preventing corruption through efficient and proactive investigation.“




More info here in the brochure below:

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