Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

The Centre is an independent academic institution monitoring human rights developments both domestically and worldwide, issuing a monthly Bulletin, as well as organizing conferences.

04/13/2017 - 18:33  

In September 2016, Hubert Smekal and Katarína Šipulová represented The Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy at the Conference of AHRI (The Association of Human Rights Institutes) which took place in Utrecht. Besides participating in seminars and meetings with other organizations, they displayed some of the research activities of the Centre. Presenting a paper regarding the implementation of international human rights law set out by the constitutional courts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, centre members showed how international human rights law influenced constitutional courts. Such observations included the forming of important standpoints regarding lustrations, restitutions or the opening of archives belonging to StB. Members of the Centre also gained also many valuable insights and perspectives during the conference.

04/05/2017 - 18:55  

Dear readers, we are proud to present to you the 2015 issue of the Czech Republic Human Rights review. Despite the delay in its publication, we hope that you will find articles that will be of interest to you. And as is also stated in the editorial of this issue, we vow to deliver information about Czech human rights related events from following periods in a much timely manner. The 2015 issue starts with a leading article from Adam Blisa who reflects on significant events or situations that occurred in 2015 in the Czech Republic, which often put Czech society’s values and morals to a challenging test. You will also find information on the detention of foreigners in the Czech Republic and a rally that took place on a significant national holiday, that incited an important public debate on the state of freedom of expression in the Czech Republic. Other articles in this publication focus on the developments in discrimination cases in the Czech Republic or president Zeman’s state visit to Azerbaijan. We wish you an enjoyable reading.

Do not hesitate and read the Review

04/14/2016 - 14:07  

The Center's members Hubert Smekal and Ladislav Vyhnánek published an article in the prestigious journal Cambridge University's European Constitutional Law Review which deals with the Czech Constitutional Court's judgment on the 5% threshold in the 2014 European Parliament elections. The article is available here.

04/14/2016 - 13:55  

Hubert Smekal, a member of the Centre, will be delivering a lecture next week at the Challenges of Europe course, organized by the Utrecht University in the Croatian Dubrivnik. For more information on the course, follow the link.

 

Photo: Flo, CC BY-SA 3.0

04/06/2016 - 17:37  

As the summer approaches, for those who do not want to spend it by the sea we bring an up-to-date list of summer schools devoted to studying human rights, democratisation and much more. The selection is diverse enough for everyone to find his or her own favourite. Do not hesitate – the deadlines of most of the schools are approaching quickly!

You can find the list in the Research –> Summer Schools section, or you can simply click here.

Photo: William Simpson, public domain

10/30/2015 - 23:36  

Dear readers, we are proud to bring to you a new issue of the Czech Republic Human Rights Review. In this issue, you might find articles dedicated to moving cases of segregated education of Roma children in both Czech Republic and Slovakia and the polemic on whether it is necessary to vote on the Church Restitutions in the Referendum. You can also read about recent jurisprudence on controversial Solar Tax that was introduced by the Czech legislator to relieve the abrupt growth of solar power stations and on the next step in the Kinsky restitution case. You might be also interested into reading on the emergence of new statutory laws on criminalization of grow shops, exploitation of foreign lumberman in the Czech Republic, and last but not least about crossroads of business and human rights with respect to Czech arms industry and international politics towards China. We wish you an enjoyable reading.

You can read the issue here.

 

08/16/2015 - 17:21  

This year, as well as the last year, the Cetre had the honor to organize the national roud of the prestigious moot court competition Jessup. This year's round dealing with legal dispute between fictional states Agnostica and Reverentia and an annexation of a territory of one of them took part in the courtroom of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic in Brno. 

The best speaker prize was awarded to Filip Hloušek and Vuk Djukić, the prize for the best written submission was awarded to the team from the Law Faculty of the Charles University. The absolute winner of this year's round was however the team from the Law Faculty of the Palacký University in Olomouc. This team will be representing the Czech Republic beyond the ocean, at the world finale that will take part in the Washington D. C.

The organisation of the national round would not be possible without the White and Case law firm, with whose financial support made it possible to give the national round form that is appropriate and that the prestigious moot court competition undoubtedly deserves.