CEELI Institute: Podcast series Safeguarding the Rule of Law in Challenging Times

ILAC’s member CEELI Institute has announced the release of their first podcast series Safeguarding the Rule of Law in Challenging Times.This series encapsulates the unique legal challenges of the day and will feature interviews, conversations, and reports with learning judges, civil society actors, and representatives of European institutions that advance the rule of law.

CEELI’s inaugural episode — Safeguarding the Rule of Law — focuses on the role of judiciaries and the complications presented by the COVID-19 crisis. This episode features a conversation with Judge José Igreja Matos, President of the European Association of Judges, about his observations, concerns, and insights on the role of the judiciary under lockdown. Dr Jan Grinc of Charles University in Prague also joins the episode and shares some of the challenges presented to the Czech courts by COVID-19. Dr Grinc is followed by Judge Katica Artuković, from Bosnia Herzegovina, who reports from the frontline about change in courtroom procedures and practices, to ensure access to justice and that the rule of law is maintained. Finally, Freda Grealy, CEELI Programme Director, shines a spotlight on the work of regional judges with a look at the Brijuni Statement on Judicial Independence.

This episode can be accessed here. It will also be available from iTunes in late June 2020.