Czech Center for Human Rights and Democratization (CCHRD)

CCHRD is an independent academic institution analysing human rights from social science and international law perspective. CCHRD organizes conferences, issues a monthly bulletin and informs about human rights in the Czech Republic as well as in Europe.

Business and Human Rights


In February 2013 the Center became focused on issues related to connections between business and human rights. In the Czech-language edition of the Bulletin (2/2013), the Center started the debate on these issues with an introductory article by Tereza Dolezalova.

To see the Bulletin, click here.

Lutsenko v. Ukraine


Helena Bončková, member of the Center, published a comment on the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Lutsenko v. Ukraine.

This decision is a crucial one as it is a first oficial opinion of the European Court of Human Rights contributing to debates relating to politization of trials of former members of "orange" government of Julia Tymoshenko. 

Research and Protection of Human Rights in the Czech Republic - List of HR Organizations

We have prepared a list of organizations and institutions engaged in research and/or protection of human rights for you. You can have a look at it here. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please do contact us.

Primary motivation for creating such a list was to offer more or less a comprehensive material which could help foreign obervers of human rights issues in the Czech Republic to orientate in the area of Czech human rights organizations.

New Issues of Czech Republic Human Rights Review

A new issue of Czech Republic Human Rights Review is out. You can read it here. Inside you'll find e.g. an interview with professor Manfred Nowak or with the lega adviser of Radovan Karadžič Peter Robinson.


On December 6, the Center for Human Rights and Democratization organized seminar "International Criminal Court: political and legal limits of effective functioning" in the premises of the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University.

Along with well-known guests - Robert Fremr, future judge at the ICC, and Katerina Uhlirova, who previously worked at the court-martial in Bosnia and Herzegovina - 60 debaters, mostly students of the Faculty of Social Studies, the Faculty of Law, or practitioners (mainly from the Supreme Court), attended the seminar. Students were primarily interested in Mr. Fremr's campaign,in  the political dimension of decision-making in the ICC, in the influence of the Security Council and in the neutral position of the prosecutor. read more


Center members organized a practical seminar on Discrimination at the Labour Market which took place on 5 November 2012 at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University. read more

The Czech Republic and the European Court of Human Rights in 2011

Ľubormír Majerčík, Anna Matušinová and Hubert Smekal published a chapter "The Czech Republic and the European Court of Human Rights in 2011"(Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law). Accessible here.