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.

Hubert Smekal published a paper in the International Relations


In the new special issue of the International Relations (Mezinárodní vztahy), titled "Intitutional an legal aspects of the European integration" is to be found and article by a member of the Center, Hubert Smekal, titled "Pronikání lidských práv do agendy Evropské unie" ("Human rights in the European Union agenda").

Hubert Smekal co-authored a paper about business and human rights in the Czech Republic


Hubert Smekal co-authored with Veronika Hermanová a chapter titled "Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles: The Case of the Czech Republic" that was published in a book Spain and the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the Huygens publishing house.

The chapter can be downloaded here.

Lukáš Hoder published a work in the USA about international arbitration


In October, the publishing house Juris Publishing published a book of essays titled „Revolution in the International Rule of Law“ which is dedicated to the international dispute resolution, human rights and international law. The collection is published in honor of prof. Don Wallace, the president of the International Law Institute in Washington and a professor at the Georgetown Law. Lukáš Hoder published a chapter dealing with damages in the international investment arbitration. The co-author of the chapter is Borzu Sabahi, an attorney from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and a professor at the Columbia Law and the Georgetown Law.

An information about the book can be found at the website of the Juris Publishing.


Faculty of Law of the Masaryk University and Center for Human Rights and Democratization invities you to a conference about International and National Prosecution of International Crimes: Failures, Challenges and Prospects, that will take place on 27 November 2014 at 10:45 in the Public Defender of Rights building (situated at Údolní 39, Brno).

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Linda Janků criticized private insurance of foreigners


One of the Center's members Linda Janků was invited by the Czech Television to present a critical position of the Czech Ombudsman (Anna Šabatová) towards a draft of the bill on foreigners' health insurance. The Bill is, according to the Ombudsman, "completely bad" as it excludes certain groups of foreigners (e.g. self-employed foreigners or family members of Czech citizens) from the public health insurance system, which is inconsistent with resolutions of the Government's Human Rights Council and the control bodies of international human rights conventions. The interview is accesible here (from 69th minute onward).

The Ombudsman's press release is here.


Come on Tuesday 3 June 2014 at 11 a.m. to the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University, room no. 038 and participate at the workshop

Human Rights for the Vulnerable,

which will feature experts on international criminal and medical law and the issue of human rights from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales – prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz, prof. John Williams and dr. Anel Boshoff. read more