Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

The Centre is an independent academic institution analysing human rights developments. It organizes conferences, issues a monthly Bulletin and informs about human rights in the Czech Republic and Europe, as well as in the rest of the world.

5.1.2016

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

An Article by Hubert Smekal and Ladislav Vyhnánek in the European Constitutional Law Review

14.4.2016

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.

Photo: Andrew Dunn, CC-BY-SA 2.0

Hubert Smekal at the Challenges of Europe (Post)gradual Course

14.4.2016

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

List od Summer Schools in 2016

6.4.2016

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

30.10.2015

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.

 

Linda Janků commented on the EU asylum policy

1.7.2015

A member of the Center, Linda Janků, commented on the EU asylum policy in the Czech Television show "Týden v justici" ("Week in Courts"). A Center's associate, Lubo Majerčík, commented in the same show on the immigration policy. 

You can watch the programme here (Czech language only).

Ladislav Vyhnánek commented on the rights of homosexuals in the USA

25.6.2015

Ladislav Vyhnánek, member of the Center, commented on the US Supreme Court case concerning the rights of homosexuals. Ladislav Vyhnánek was invited to the Czech Television show "Týden v jusitici" ("Week in Courts") to comment on the pending decision whether the US Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry.

You can watch the programme here (in Czech language only).