I am happy to report that 2016 has been another extraordinary year for the CEELI Institute. The Institute’s program quality and content, institutional partnerships, number of participants engaged, numbers of events, and diversity of funding organizations now providing grants to support CEELI projects have all increased, reflecting the maturation and growth of our distinctive rule of law institution.
Highlights of this year include both innovative new projects and established signature programs for which the Institute is known. Our joint project with the International Bar Association bringing together young Israeli and Palestinian lawyers at the Institute culminated in a remarkable program at the IBA’s annual conference in Washington in September. This ground-breaking program will likely continue and perhaps be replicated for young leaders from other regions in conflict. Programmatic lifelines for lawyers working to promote human rights and protect the rule of law continue to serve a critical need, as does our training of lawyers from countries as diverse as Burma, Ukraine and the south Caucuses.
The Institute remains an international leader in promoting judicial independence, a cornerstone of the rule of law, through its Judicial Exchange Network, its support for judges adjudicating terrorism and other high-profile matters, its comprehensive judicial training in Tunisia, and the annual conference of Chief Justices of Central Europe, which the Institute launched several years ago. And the Institute continues to set the standard of excellence in anti-corruption training for investigators, prosecutors, and judges through highly acclaimed programs such as its popular, one-week anti-corruption training course.
The future of the Institute is exciting. With our constructions debts now behind us, the Institute is positioned to build on its successes and to implement further the well-articulated vision and mission statements that our governing boards fashioned and approved at our annual meeting in July. Among the possibilities on the horizon are technically sophisticated CEELI Institute distance learning programs, a rule of law training program for rising young leaders in developing countries, additional areas of substantive concentration, and continued facility upgrades.
We look forward to your continued support for our efforts, as we carry forward the CEELI legacy into our second quarter century of work.
Homer E. Moyer, Jr.
Founder and Chairman of the Board, The CEELI Institute