CEELI Newsletter June 2016

Anti-Corruption Programs at the Institute: Our Intensive Practitioner Courses Continue

In late April, we again conducted our popular program on “Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption” for a fully enrolled session. Participants at this most recent session included prosecutors, investigators, and NGO representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Serbia, and Tunisia as well as a number of observers, including representatives from the OSCE and from US embassies across the Balkan region.

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Letter From Executive Director Christopher Lehmann

This April marked my second anniversary as the Executive Director of the CEELI Institute. Looking back over the past two years, I am highly gratified by the growth and expansion of the Institute. We continue to blaze new trails; with every new day, we are expanding our programs and curricula, working with new partners, and reaching new audiences. The need for the programs offered by the CEELI Institute is greater than ever, and we continue to try to rise to the new challenges that are being posed to the Rule of Law in this region and beyond.

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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 dramatically changing political landscape following the landslide victory of the National League for Democracy in November 2015, which in turn began paving the way for democracy and the return to power of iconic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Tunisia: Addressing Corruption in Government Licensing

In April 2016, the CEELI Institute delivered another of its series of anti-corruption trainings organized for Tunisian stakeholders in cooperation with the Tunisian National Anti-Corruption Agency (INLUCC). The session focused on detecting corruption and fraud in the issuance of government permits and licenses. Once again, we were able to secure outstanding international faculty for the program.  Dan Newcomb is the founder of the Anti-Corruption group at the global law firm Shearman & Sterling, and has participated in numerous high-profile cases, including the investigation into the marketing practices of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, which was a precursor to the enactment of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Respite Program for Human Rights Defenders at the Villa Grébovka

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 inspiring human rights attorneys through the program. Respite stay participants, to date, have worked in areas of anti-torture litigation, access to information, NGO defense, children’s rights, and freedom of expression. Each participant creates his or her own program based on their interests and amount of time they will spend at the Institute. Examples of past projects have included learning documentary film making skills (for use in documenting and filming torture victim testimonies), providing interviews with international media on their work, and improving legal English.

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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 International Visegrad Fund and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the Visegrad Group, or V-4, consists of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). The project, entitled “NGOs and the Judiciary – Watchdog Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, and Communication”, aimed to gather and share good practices designed to ensure more effective cooperation between NGOs and the judiciary, especially in cases where civil society and NGO projects involve civic monitoring of judiciary.

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Looking Ahead…

The CEELI Institute is looking forward to a busy summer schedule for 2016. Upcoming events include:

  • Enforcement of International Human Rights Standards:  Training for Ukrainian Lawyers: Prague, June 6-9
  • Judicial Adjudication of Terrorism Cases, Western Balkans Region: Prague, June 15-17
  • Monitoring Public Assembly:  Standards of Conduct for Civil Society Monitors: Prague, June 20-21
  • Conference of Chief Justices of Central and Eastern Europe: Belgrade, June 20-21
  • The CEELI Institute Annual Meeting 2016: Prague, June 26-27

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