The October Bulletin opens with an exclusive interview with the President of the relatively new court in The Hague. Judge Ekaterina Trendafilová presides over the so-called Kosovo tribunal (Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office). What crimes will this institution, located in the world’s judicial capital, focus on?
In recent months North Korea and the United States have launched a process to reconcile some of the differences existing between their political cultures. More specifically, the overarching goal of the US in the summit is the nuclear disarmament of North Korea.
North Korea – United States Summit
The attempt to disarm is a step in the right direction when dealing with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but it is of vital important to consider his optics; what does North Korea Want? As a result of the historical meeting with President Trump and one of the world’s superpowers at the first summit meeting occuring on June 12, 2018 in Singapore, Kim Jong-Un and his cohorts gain a small amount of international recognition, and through this the argument could be made, inadvertent acceptance and even legitimacy. However, is this what the US and the international community wanted – acceptance and recognition of one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes that has committed countless human rights violations against its own citizens?
In October, The Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) based in Venice published the final thesis of the head of the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Jan Lhotský. EIUC annually publishes five of the best theses online from its E.MA human rights programme.
The September Bulletin opens with three contributions discussing the institutional set-up of human rights protection in the Czech Republic. Lucie Nechvátalová focuses on the question of whether it is sufficient to have the human rights agenda under the Ministry of Justice or if it is more suitable to have a separate person responsible for it. Two interviews follow, the first with the former minister of human rights, Džamila Stehlíková, and the second with the former government’s plenipotentiary for human rights, Monika Šimůnková. What are their experiences?
Our two-month summer Bulletin opens with an exclusive interview with the Czech President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Ivana Hrdličková. What crimes does this so-called hybrid tribunal based in The Hague focus on?
Additionally, the Czech member of the Venice Commission, Veronika Bílková, discusses in detail the June session of the commission that elaborated mainly on the Hungarian package of legislative amendments referred to as Stop Soros.