The Central & Eastern European Judicial Exchange Network

Encouraging Career Growth and Development of Some of the Best and Brightest Judges through Knowledge and Exchange

The Central & Eastern European Judicial Exchange Network

Encouraging Career Growth and Development of Some of the Best and Brightest Judges through Knowledge and Exchange

Since 2012, the CEELI Institute has fostered and supported its Central and East European Judicial Exchange Network, comprised of some of the best and brightest rising judges from eighteen countries in the region who regularly come together to share best practices on issues of judicial independence, transparency, accountability, efficiency, and ethics.


The Network facilitates career growth and development for the judges, fosters peer engagement and produces concrete tools to better assist the judges in performing their duties. Network judges often undertake innovative projects in their own countries, and the CEELI Institute supports them in their efforts.


The Network offers judges the space to freely engage about the most pressing professional issues they face. In 2020, Network members are increasingly concerned about coping with the external pressures—political, societal, media—that work to undermine judicial independence in the region.

Our Activities

The Network judges, themselves, drive the agenda. Network activities include annual substantive roundtables at the Institute, in-country events organized by Network members, and the drafting of practical judicial tools to address needs identified by the Network. Finally, the Institute mentors individual Network members, and incorporates them as faculty in a wide range of the substantive programs offered by the Institute.

Our Courses and Webinars

Coming back this Autumn: Webinar Series Best Practices for Remote Judging

This 5-month blended learning course, which will mix online and onsite sessions, is the repeat of our successful Remote Judging course launched in October 2020.

Judicial Workshop
Training Series

We are pleased to launch our Judicial Workshop Series 2021 – 2022. This series of four in-person 2-day workshops in Prague will examine ways to support and strengthen judicial independence…

Spotlight Webinar Series: ‘Judiciaries in Peril in Central & Eastern Europe’

Each episode in the series shines a spotlight on pressing issues challenging the judiciary in key countries of the region, including Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Montenegro, and Ukraine.

Our Publications and Resources

Survey on the Digitalization of the Courts in Central and Eastern Europe

70 respondents, mostly judges from across 19 countries and from both lower and higher courts — criminal, civil and administrative…

Practical Guidelines for
Remote Judging

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, judiciaries across the region and world were forced to rapidly adjust their daily operations.

Practical Guidelines on the Use of Social Media by Judges

We are delighted to launch our video highlighting the work of our Judicial Network and to coincide with the publication of…

Our Podcast Series

Podcast Series One: Safeguarding the Rule of Law in Challenging Times

This series encapsulates the unique legal challenges of the day and will feature interviews, conversations, and reports with learning judges, civil society actors, and representatives …

Series Two:
Digital Justice

In this series, we review the opportunities provided by the digitalization of justice and the challenges and benefits it presents to the judiciaries in Central and Eastern Europe…

Among the specific topics addressed within the Network are:

  • Judical Ethics;
  • Management of conflicts of interests and outside activities;
  • Comparative procedures for discipline and dismissal of individual judges accused of corruption or malfeasance;
  • Appropriate communication with the press and public;
  • The impact of social media on the judiciary;
  • The degree to which judges as public officials must sacrifice some degree of privacy in the interest or transparency;
  • The implications for judges of asset disclosure requirements;
  • The manner and degree to which judges should be required to disclose their personal information;
  • The standards and conditions for lustration procedures.