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EU Criminal Law: Training for EU judges at CEELI

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...

Promoting Judicial Accountability in Central Europe

Promoting Judicial Accountability in Central Europe

The CEELI Institute recently completed its partnership with the Polish Institute for Law and Society (INPRIS) on a project to promote better interaction between civil society and the judiciary in central and southeastern Europe. The project was funded by the...

CEELI Institute works with Balkan Judges Handling Terrorism Cases

CEELI Institute works with Balkan Judges Handling Terrorism Cases

In February, in partnership with the Malta-based International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) and with funding from the US State Department, the CEELI Institute initiated a multi-year program working with judges from the western Balkan region who must...

Ukraine: Defending Media Freedom

Ukraine: Defending Media Freedom

The CEELI Institute is hosting training for Ukrainian lawyers dedicated to the legal defense of journalists and bloggers across their country. In cooperation with the Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI), a Kiev-based NGO, CEELI is bringing these lawyers...

ABA/CEELI: The 25th Anniversary Reunion!

ABA/CEELI: The 25th Anniversary Reunion!

In June, the CEELI Institute and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) joined together for a very special meeting in Prague, to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of original American Bar Association/Central and East European Law...

Evening commemorating the Soviet mass deportations from the Baltic states

Evening commemorating the Soviet mass deportations from the Baltic states

Večer u příležitosti 74. výročí sovětských masových deportací obyvatel Baltských zemí ze 14. června 1941, který ve spolupráci s CEELI institutem pořádají velvyslanectví Estonské, Litevské a Lotyšské republiky. Od 18.00 bude otevřena výstava „Dopisy ze Sibiře napsané...

Workshop on judicial standards compilation

Workshop on judicial standards compilation

On March 7-8, nine judges from Central and East European Judicial Exchange Network met at the CEELI Institute in Prague to continue their work on a reference manual that will compile relevant international standards on judiciary integrity.  The Judges’ efforts to...

Using Legal Mechanisms to Address Regional Conflicts

Using Legal Mechanisms to Address Regional Conflicts

The CEELI Institute joined with the International Bar Association (IBA) on September 1-3, 2015, to sponsor an innovative program promoting dialogue on the international legal mechanisms relevant to the resolution of ongoing regional conflicts. The program brought...

Training for Pro-Bono Lawyers in Burmese Regions

Training for Pro-Bono Lawyers in Burmese Regions

In May 2015, the CEELI Institute, in partnership with Burma Center Prague, concluded another round of training for the Myanmar Lawyers Network (MLN), a group of Burmese lawyers focusing on pro-bono work. We took another step toward providing more direct support to...

CEELI: Supporting US-India Judicial Engagement

CEELI: Supporting US-India Judicial Engagement

In September, the CEELI Institute continued its multi-year partnership with the National Judicial Academy of India (NJA) by organizing an international exchange for Indian high court judges tasked with creating a brand new counterterrorism curriculum for use in...

Advocacy Skills Training at CEELI

Advocacy Skills Training at CEELI

In May, the CEELI Institute launched a new advocacy skills training effort for young lawyers from the Eurasia region. The one-week program is designed to build the confidence of young legal professionals in areas that are most relevant to human rights advocacy in a...

The 2018 Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The 2018 Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The CEELI Institute was honored to again support the Annual Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe, hosted in Vilnius by the Supreme Court of Lithuania from May 27-29, 2018. The Conference was originally launched in Prague, at the Institute, with...

CEELI at the UN

CEELI at the UN

The CEELI Institute was honored to be invited to participate in the United Nation’s Launch of its Global Judicial Integrity Network.  The Launch, held in Vienna, on April 9-10, 2018, was a groundbreaking event attended by leaders of the world’s judiciaries and a...

Supporting Exiled Syrian Judges

Supporting Exiled Syrian Judges

  In April, CEELI returned to Gaziantep, Turkey for further engagement with exiled Syrian judges.  This is part of an ongoing partnership that CEELI has undertaken with the Swedish based International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) to provide a lifeline to Syrian...

CEELI Launches New Anti-Corruption Compliance Training

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 CEELI Institute’s 2017 Annual Report is now available!

The CEELI Institute’s 2017 Annual Report is now available!

The CEELI Institute's 2017 Annual Report is now available! Take a peek and see what we've been up to in a busy 2017... [gview file="https://ceeliinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/compressed1CEELI_Annual_2017_Final-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf"]

CEELI Launches New Initiative to Support Anti-Corruption Activists

CEELI Launches New Initiative to Support Anti-Corruption Activists

The CEELI Institute is delighted to be able to announce the launch of a new initiative to support civil society organizations, journalists and lawyers striving for greater public accountability and transparency in Central and Eastern Europe.  The project is supported...

CEELI Launches New Judicial Tool

CEELI Launches New Judicial Tool

The CEELI Institute is delighted to announce its newest judicial reference tool, The Addendum to the Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of the Judiciary: A Thematic Compilation of International and National Jurisprudence. This document will now join...

Advising Burmese MPs on legislative reform

Advising Burmese MPs on legislative reform

Building on our four-year track record of working with human rights lawyers in Burma, the CEELI Institute has now expanded our efforts in Burma to include support for members of the Burmese Parliament who are working to reform a range of outdated or repressive...

The CEELI Judicial Exchange touches base in India

The CEELI Judicial Exchange touches base in India

The CEELI Institute is pleased to initiate a multi-year partnership with the National Judicial Academy in Bhopal, India, and the U.S. Federal Judicial Center, which will promote a series of exchanges between U.S. and Indian judges.  This effort, generously supported...

Providing Lifelines for Syrian Judges in Exile

Providing Lifelines for Syrian Judges in Exile

In April 2018, the CEELI Institute resumed a program in partnership with the Swedish-based International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), focused on offering a professional lifeline to Syrian judges who are now in exile in Turkey but who hold on to the hope of one...

The 2017 Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The 2017 Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The CEELI Institute was honored to support the Seventh Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe, hosted in Budapest by the Supreme Court of Hungary from June 4-7, 2017.  The Conference was originally launched in Prague, at the Institute, with support...

Partnering with the Association of Croatian Judges

Partnering with the Association of Croatian Judges

The CEELI Institute is delighted to announce its new joint partnership with the Association of Croatian Judges in delivering continuing legal education programs for judges from the Czech Republic, Croatia and other EU member states.  The project, funded by the...

CEE Judges Take on Corruption

CEE Judges Take on Corruption

In January, the CEELI Institute hosted the latest meeting of our Central and East European Judicial Exchange Network, comprised of some of the best and brightest young judges from eighteen countries in the region who have come together to share their best practices on...

Supporting Judges Who Deal with Terrorism Cases

Supporting Judges Who Deal with Terrorism Cases

In March, the CEELI Institute continued its ongoing efforts to support judges in countries on the front lines in the fight against terrorism, with support from the US Department of State’s Counterterrorism Bureau. The most recent program was designed to support judges...

Save the Date! The CEELI Institute Annual Meeting: July 9-10, 2017

Save the Date! The CEELI Institute Annual Meeting: July 9-10, 2017

Mark your calendars to join us in Prague, at the Villa Grebovka, on July 9-10, 2017 for the CEELI Institute‘s Annual Meeting. Once again we look forward to bringing together a diverse cross-section of academicians, government officials and experts, as well as our...

The CEELI Institute 2016 Annual Report is now available!

The CEELI Institute 2016 Annual Report is now available!

The mission of the CEELI Institute is to advance the rule of law in the world in order to: protect fundamental rights and individual liberties; promote transparent, incorruptible, accountable governments; lay the foundation for economic opportunity and growth; and...

Supporting the Work of the CEELI Institute

Supporting the Work of the CEELI Institute

Dear Friend of the CEELI Institute, In 2016, the work of the CEELI Institute in advancing the rule of law continued to change individual lives, and through them, the world. Over the past year, for example, CEELI brought young Israeli and Palestinian lawyers together...

Anti-Corruption Programs at the Institute: Fall Course Wrap-up

Anti-Corruption Programs at the Institute: Fall Course Wrap-up

From November 14th-18th, 2016 the CEELI Institute organized its sixth round of training on “Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption.” The interactive five-day program brought together an extraordinary faculty line-up consisting of some of the world’s most...

Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

The CEELI Institute has long been a leader in innovative and effective judicial programming. We continue to work with judges from around the world, through programs designed to promote judicial independence, strengthen judicial accountability and improve judicial...

CEELI Develops Tools for Judges

CEELI Develops Tools for Judges

The CEELI Institute continues its work with its core working group of judges from across Central and Eastern Europe to revise, expand and edit the Institute’s Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of Justice. The Manual is a unique tool, representing a...

Empowering Tunisian Judges

Empowering Tunisian Judges

The CEELI Institute is continuing its long work with the Tunisian judiciary, now focusing on a selected group of the most proactive judges from the sessions conducted over the past three years (2013-2015). This new phase of our engagement addresses public trust in the...

Judges and the Media

Judges and the Media

An increasingly important aspect of the CEELI Institute’s continuing engagement with judiciaries across the region involves exploration of the relationships between the judiciary and the media. Discussions and materials addressing this topic is in high demand among...

Promoting Judicial Independence in Central and Eastern Europe

Promoting Judicial Independence in Central and Eastern Europe

As part of our continuing engagement with the judiciaries from across the Central and East European region, the CEELI Institute recently co-sponsored an event, in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Macedonia addressing the ongoing challenges to judicial...

Supporting Judges on the Front Lines in Combating Terrorism

Supporting Judges on the Front Lines in Combating Terrorism

In October, the CEELI Institute continued its ongoing efforts to support judges in countries on the front lines in the fight against terrorism, with support from the US Department of State’s Counterterrorism Bureau. This latest program brought together judges from the...

Justice Kennedy Joins CEELI/IBA Event

Justice Kennedy Joins CEELI/IBA Event

The CEELI Institute was delighted to join with the IBA in hosting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on September 23, in Washington, DC, at the IBA Rule of Law Forum. CEELI Institute Founder and Board Chair Homer Moyer moderated a discussion with the...

NGOs as Judicial Watchdogs: A New Report and Recommendations

NGOs as Judicial Watchdogs: A New Report and Recommendations

The CEELI Institute is gratified to have participated in the preparation of a landmark effort to promote and define the role of NGOs in monitoring court proceedings and the function of the judiciary. The final project report, NGOs and the Judiciary: Watchdog...

CEELI at The Hague: An Update on CEELI Judicial Tools

CEELI at The Hague: An Update on CEELI Judicial Tools

CEELI Institute Executive Director Christopher Lehmann and Judge Cristi Danilet from Romania recently led a panel at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Administrative Courts (IACA) held in the The Hague in May, where they were asked to present...

US and Pakistani Judges Meet at the CEELI Institute

US and Pakistani Judges Meet at the CEELI Institute

The CEELI Institute was delighted to recently welcome our first-ever delegation from Pakistan. In late August, the US Embassy in Islamabad (INL), the US Department of Justice (OPDAT) and the US Federal Judicial Center organized a joint exchange at the Institute...

Voices of the Next Generation: Bringing Change to the Middle East

Voices of the Next Generation: Bringing Change to the Middle East

The CEELI Institute is delighted to be able to announce the continuation of its groundbreaking program bringing together young lawyers from the Middle East to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role that international law can play in its resolution. This...

CEELI at Forum 2000

CEELI at Forum 2000

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...

CEELI Institute Annual Meeting 2016 Wrap-Up

CEELI Institute Annual Meeting 2016 Wrap-Up

The Villa Grébovka was packed with friends and colleagues from around the world for the Institute’s Annual Meeting on June 26th-28th, 2016. Board members, faculty, donors, former CEELI alums, and many more friends and colleagues came together in Prague for an...

Promoting Good Practices for Terrorism Adjudication in the Balkans

Promoting Good Practices for Terrorism Adjudication in the Balkans

In June, the CEELI Institute continued its efforts on a multi-year program to engage judges handling complex cases involving issues of terrorism and national security, including the increasingly serious threats posed in Europe by the transit of foreign terrorist...

Trial Skills and Legal Transformation Trainings in Burma

Trial Skills and Legal Transformation Trainings in Burma

The CEELI Institute, together with Burma Center Prague (BCP), continues its effort to train young lawyers in Burma, under the auspices of the Myanmar Lawyers Network.  The most recent sessions were delivered in May 2016.  The most recent programs took place among a...

Respite Program for Human Rights Defenders at the Villa Grebovka

Respite Program for Human Rights Defenders at the Villa Grebovka

The CEELI Institute continues to expand its successful program to provide respite stays for human rights defenders working under pressure and in extreme situations. Since initiating the project in summer 2015, the Institute has now hosted seven of these brave and...

Spring Anti-Corruption Training at the CEELI Institute

Spring Anti-Corruption Training at the CEELI Institute

In late April, the CEELI Institute again conducted its program on “Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption.” As with the previous sessions, the five-day interactive program brought together an extraordinary faculty line-up consisting of some of the world’s...

The CEELI Institute 2015 Annual Report Now Available!

The CEELI Institute 2015 Annual Report Now Available!

The CEELI Institute is excited to announce that our 2015 annual report is now available! The report follows the progress of our ongoing projects, including regional work in Tunisia and Burma, as well as our efforts here at the Villa Grébovka in Prague, including our...

Addressing Corruption in Ukraine

Addressing Corruption in Ukraine

The CEELI Institute is currently conducting training for volunteers from the Ukrainian public monitoring group, OZON. OZON’s goal is to foster more open, accountable and transparent government.  As part of their program at CEELI, OZON monitors are discussing...

CEELI Institute Anti-Corruption Training – Spring Course 2016

CEELI Institute Anti-Corruption Training – Spring Course 2016

The CEELI Institute will again offer our signature anti-corruption course in April. This five day highly interactive training provides participants with a comprehensive framework for investigating and prosecuting official corruption. The course will take place at the...

Strengthening Government Accountability in Ukraine

Strengthening Government Accountability in Ukraine

In September, the CEELI Institute worked together with a Ukrainian civil society organization (The Kyiv based Center for Civil Liberties) to train a network of Ukrainian citizens engaged in monitoring the conduct of law enforcement agencies, courts, and local...

Human Rights Lawyers’ Sabbatical Program

Human Rights Lawyers’ Sabbatical Program

With a generous donation from the director of the Oak Foundation’s international human rights program, the CEELI Institute has completed the renovation and furnishing of a one-bedroom flat at the Institute, which is dedicated for use by participants of a new respite...

Promoting Legal Skills Training for Independent Burmese Lawyers

Promoting Legal Skills Training for Independent Burmese Lawyers

The CEELI Institute, in partnership with Czech NGO Burma Center Prague, is again preparing to deliver another series of legal skills training sessions for independent Burmese lawyers, to be held this month in two regional Burmese cities. The trainings are delivered as...

Commemorating the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the PRAGUE SPRING

Commemorating the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the PRAGUE SPRING

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of a brief period of liberalism, economic and social reform and democratization of Czechoslovakia, known as the Prague Spring.  In January 1968, a moderate, Alexander Dubček replaced his hard-line communist predecessor to become the...

Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property Rights CEELI Training 2021 In early 2021 the CEELI Institute launched a long-requested course for lawyers on comparative intellectual property rights law. This new online course will run for 12 weeks. The target audience is lawyers from the...

900 days of Uninterrupted Siege upon the Romanian Magistracy

900 days of Uninterrupted Siege upon the Romanian Magistracy

  In January 2021, the Romanian Judges' Forum Association, with support from KAS RLPSEE, published "900 days of uninterrupted siege upon the Romanian Judiciary". The publication provides an opportunity for an expanded understanding of the attacks on the Romanian...

BELARUS IS CALLING!

BELARUS IS CALLING!

This three-part series was launched in the autumn of 2020 to provide training and support to improve the skills of civic society activists in investigating and prosecuting torture. The Series provides human rights defenders in Belarus with the tools to call for...

Hello world

Hello world

In March 2012, the CEELI Institute began participating in an important and exciting project to train Tunisian judges. Funded by the Swedish International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC), the project, “Judging in a Democratic Society,” aims to conduct training...

THE CEELI INSTITUTE RETURNS TO INDIA

THE CEELI INSTITUTE RETURNS TO INDIA

The CEELI Institute is delighted to renew our partnership with the National Judicial Academy (NJA) of India and the U.S. Federal Judicial Center (FJC) in an effort to promote judicial exchange and education. After piloting an extremely successful counterterrorism...

The 2020 Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The 2020 Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe

The CEELI Institute was honored to again support organization of the Annual Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe, which was hosted online this year by the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan, with sessions organized in late November and early December. ...

CEELI Publications: The Network’s Manual on Judicial Independence

CEELI Publications: The Network’s Manual on Judicial Independence

The CEELI Institute is proud to have worked with judges from the Central and Eastern European Judicial Exchange Net- work to create “The Manual on Independence, Impartiality and Integrity of Justice: A Thematic Compilation of International Standards, Policies and Best...

Villa Grebovka

Villa Grebovka

The CEELI Institute is housed in the historic Villa Grébovka, in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. Villa Grébovka The Villa is a Czech national historic building that dates back to 1871. Moritz Gröbe, a Czech industrialist who made his fortune in mining and...

CEELI Program Director is a Rock Star:  Literally

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...

NGO’s AS JUDICIAL WATCHDOGS: A NEW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

NGO’s AS JUDICIAL WATCHDOGS: A NEW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

NGO’s AS JUDICIAL WATCHDOGS: A NEW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS The CEELI Institute is gratified to have participated in the preparation of a landmark effort to promote and define the role of NGOs in monitoring court proceedings and the function of the judiciary. The...

CEELI Institute Anti-Corruption Training

The CEELI Institute Announces a Second 2015 Session of its Course on the Investigation and Prosecution of Public Corruption, November 2-6, 2015, Prague Demand this year for our May course was so high that we are delighted to announce a second session of our signature...

PROGRAM OFFICER

PROGRAM OFFICER JOB DESCRIPTION The CEELI Institute is seeking a Program Officer to manage and implement programs that promote rule of law through professional trainings; programs are delivered both in Prague and at offsite locations for an international audience. The...

CEELI Expert Judge Mary McGowen Davis Named to U.N. Panel on Gaza

CEELI Expert Judge Mary McGowen Davis Named to U.N. Panel on Gaza

Long-time affiliate expert of the CEELI Institute, Judge Mary McGowen Davis, was named by the United Nations Human Rights Council the final member of a three member team charged to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in...

Vinobraní na Grébovce Festival 2014

Vinobraní na Grébovce Festival 2014

On Saturday, September 27th, Vila Grébovka was opened to the public as part of the annual Vinobraní na Grébovce held by the city of Prague 2. CEELI board member Jiřina Marie Nováková led tours through the historic Vila now housing the CEELI Institute office and...

Foreign Firms and Lawyers Now Welcome in Malaysia

A press release from the Malaysian Bar this morning announced amendments to the Legal Profession Act and Legal Profession Rules that open up Malaysia to foreign firms and lawyers. "The opening up of Malaysia to foreign law firms and foreign lawyers is a natural...

CEELI Institute Announces Anti-Corruption Course May 5-9, 2014

CEELI Institute Announces Anti-Corruption Course May 5-9, 2014

The CEELI Institute is proud to announce its second annual anti-corruption course: Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption a comprehensive 5-day interactive training for Prosecutors, Investigators, & Judges on how to investigate and prosecute cases of...

Interview with Judge Ivana Hrdličková

Interview with Judge Ivana Hrdličková

CEELI Institute Management Board member Ivana Hrdličková was invited to participate in the International Legal Assistance Consortium panel discussion on judicial transition in Tunis on April 25, 2014. In this interview, Judge Hrdličková, a legal expert with...

Anti-Corruption Training in Tunisia

Anti-Corruption Training in Tunisia

This week, the CEELI Institute is conducting an anti-corruption training in Tunis, Tunisia. The courses, focusing on corruption detection and financial investigation techniques, have been taught and led by Goran Klemencic, the former director of the Slovenian...

Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley Visits CEELI

Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley Visits CEELI

Last Friday, April 10, the CEELI Institute was delighted to receive the Honorable Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. Ambassador to Malta, at the Vila Grébovka for a visit. While in Prague, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley attended the third annual World Forum on...

Remote Judging – a Webinar and Podcast Series

Remote Judging – a Webinar and Podcast Series

Remote Judging - a Webinar and Podcast Series Promoting uses of technology that enhance the justice system and enable more efficient, timely, and accessible justice for all is a key responsibility of any modern judiciary. However, technology must be introduced...

Belarus is Calling! A webinar training series

Belarus is Calling! A webinar training series

This three-part series was launched in the autumn of 2020 to provide training and support to improve the skills of civic society activists in investigating and prosecuting torture. The Series provides human rights defenders in Belarus with the tools to call for...