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.

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


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


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


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


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.

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Linda Janků commented on the EU asylum policy


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


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).

New publications of the Center's members


Martina Grochová published an article in the Legal Studies and Practice Journal of the Masarkyk University, titled "Spontánně vznikající sociální rodičovství v judikatuře Evropského soudu pro lidská práva" ("Spontanously developed social parenthood in the ECtHR case law"). The article deals with the question of how much weight does the ECtHR adds to the factual and biological family links when considering whether the right to respect of family life was breached during the custody proceedings before courts.

Ladislav Vyhnánek published his article Proporcionálně či jinak? Problém ústavního přezkumu zásahů do sociálních práv." ("Proportionally or not? Judicial review of social rights limitations.").

The issue is available here.