CEELI Newsletter March 2016

The CEELI Institute Annual Meeting – June 26-27, 2016
“Strategies for Delivering Development Assistance in Difficult Political Environments” – REGISTER NOW!

Mark your calendars to join us in Prague, at the Villa Grebovka, on June 26-27, 2016 for the CEELI Institute Annual Meeting. Once again we look forward to bringing together a diverse cross section of academicians, government officials and experts, as well as our board members, funders, partners, and friends, to discuss some of the most pressing issues we face in our efforts to advance the Rule of Law in ever more challenging environments.The gathering allows us the opportunity to take an intensive look at our programs, as well as hold a frank discussion on the critical challenges facing our region as it struggles with war, corruption, and the rise of illiberal regimes which question the value of democratic transitions.

Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption: April 2016 Session at the CEELI Institute

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 Institute in Prague the week ofApril 25-30, 2016, and is designed to walk participants through the actual investigation of a case involving official corruption. As in the past, the course filled up quickly and we now have a waiting list for the April session, as well as plans under way to run the course again in early Fall.


Tunisia: CEELI Institute Begins Program to Build Public Trust in the Judiciary

The CEELI Institute recently started the second phase of its judicial program in Tunisia, designed to work with a select group of Judges, on an effort to build and promote public trust in the judiciary. In partnership with the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, and in cooperation with the Swedish–based International Legal Assistance Consortium, the initial session brought together twelve highly experienced Tunisian judges who have previously worked with CEELI on other judicial projects.

 

Strengthening Government Accountability in Ukraine

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 together for a seminar in Prague, as a follow-up to similar programs that were held in April and October 2015.


Working 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 Balkans region who must handle complex cases involving issues of terrorism, national security, and the transit of foreign fighters.


The Man Behind the Money – Employee Profile: Ivan Blažek

The CEELI Institute is delighted to welcome a new addition to our staff, Finance and Administration Manager Ivan Blažek. Ivan started with the Institute in October 2015 and will oversee the Institute’s finances and provide administrative support for program development and implementation.


Looking Ahead…

The CEELI Institute is looking forward to a busy spring schedule for 2016. Upcoming events include:
  • Tunisia Judicial Program, Phase Two: “Building Public Trust in the Judiciary”:Tunis, March 30-April 1 &April 4-6
  • Anti-Corruption Training Program: Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption: Prague, April 25-29
  • Burma: Trial Skills Training: May 2016
  • The CEELI Institute Annual Meeting 2016: Prague, June 26-27

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