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THE JUDICIAL ISSUE
December 2016 Newsletter
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 performance. We also provide a unique venue to foster judicial exchanges and engagement, in a safe, comfortable and neutral setting at our headquarters in Prague. As a result of our almost two decades or work, the CEELI Institute maintains deep connections with the judiciaries of the region and beyond.
 
NGOs as Judiclal 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 Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, and Communication, was recently published by the Warsaw based Polish NGO, the Institute for Law and Society (INPRIS). 
 
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 Middle East and North Africa--specifically, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Lebanon--along with judicial counterparts from the US and Germany for the intensive three-day exchange on useful practices for judges faced with adjudicating cases involving terrorism and national security issues. 
 
Supporting the Croatian Judiciary: Facilitating Attention to and Adoption of European Jurisprudence
 
In late September, the CEELI Institute was again be able to support the efforts of the Croatian Judiciary as it grapples with challenges related to the independence and impartiality of justice—both of which continue to be under challenge in the region. Content of the program was particularly framed around Opinion No. 18 of Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) addressing “the position of the judiciary and its relation with other powers of state in a modern democracy.” Discussions were further augmented by reference to relevant case decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and the concepts of impartiality and independence articulated and defined therein. Such discussions are particularly relevant in the region, as working level judges are not, contrary to common assumption, well versed in the broader jurisprudence of the EU or the COE, or its application and relevance to their daily work.
 
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 systematic survey of virtually all relevant international standards applicable to the function, performance and operation of the judiciary. It cross-references over 130 international conventions and other sources of public international law, organizing relevant sources according to thematic categories of interest and use to judges in their work. 
 
Christopher Lehmann (Executive Director, CEELI Institute), Hon. Lidija Nedelkova (President of the Supreme Court, Macedonia), Hon. Branko Hrvatin (President of the Supreme Court, Croatia)
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 independence across the region—both within and without the EU. The program, held in late October, at Lake Ohrid, drew over 70 participants, including judges from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia. 
 
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 judges who are faced with increasing media pressures, especially while handling politically sensitive cases and high level corruption cases. Judges must also increasingly negotiate the potential pitfalls surrounding the use of social media platforms. Judges are concerned about their rights to privacy in an age of increasing media attention, and are also unclear on where the boundaries should be set in dealing with the press. 
 
Providing a Comfortable Space for Judicial Exchange: US and Pakistani Judges Meet at CEELI 
 
Prague continues to provide a safe, secure, convenient, comfortable and affordable locale for international judicial exchanges. Earlier this fall, the CEELI Institute was delighted to host our first-ever exchange between the US Federal Judiciary and a delegation from the Lahore High Court (Punjab Province), in Pakistan. The program was jointly sponsored by the US Embassy in Islamabad (INL), the US Department of Justice (OPDAT) and the US Federal Judicial Center, bringing the judges together for several days of in-depth dialogue on issues of case management and court administration.  
Expanding Counterterrorism Efforts to India
 
The CEELI Institute has recently been selected by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism to work with the US Embassy in New Delhi, the Indian National Judicial Academy and the U.S. Federal Judicial Center in Washington on a project to promoted exchanges among US and Indian judges on good practices for handling cases involving issues of terrorism and national security. As with other CEELI Institute programs, this effort will particularly support the dissemination and implementation of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum‘s Hague Memorandum on Good Practices for the Judiciary in Adjudicating Terrorism Cases. The Institute looks forward to working with the Indian National Judicial Academy and other partners on this important effort. 
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 judiciary - a topic selected by the judges themselves. The participating judges have prioritized several aspects crucial for public trust in the judiciary, including relationship with the media, and greater outreach and educational programs for university and high school students.
 
CEELI Institute, Havlíčkovy Sady 58, 120 00 Prague
office@ceeli-inst.org, Tel.: +420 222 520 100, Fax: + 420 222 518 576

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