Conference
„Supreme Courts in Changing Times“
Brno / Bratislava

5 - 7 November 2018

The Supreme Court of the Czech Republic and the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic
organised an international conference on the topic ʻSupreme Courts in Changing Times’
held from 5 to 7 November 2018 in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic.
The conference was organised as a part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary
of the establishment of the Supreme Court of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918.

Aim of the conference

The aim of the international conference held from 5 to 7 November 2018 was, in particular, the question of the supreme courts’ status in the past and today‘s modern Europe. A retrospective view was intended to reveal much about the anticipated future development of the highest institutions of the ordinary judiciary. Traditionally conservative approaches were sensitively balanced with the changing social reality. A substantive debate took place on how the supreme courts not only in the Central Europe but across the European Union succeed in responding to such changes.

Brief programme of the conference

The conference started with an evening reception on Monday 5 November in Brno. Due to the fact that in the very first week of November 2018 it was exactly 100 years since the establishment of the Supreme Court of the Czechoslovak Republic, the first panel of conference on 6 November in the morning focused on the historical assessment of the role of the Supreme Courts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The following panel was devoted to the challenges of judiciary in the modern times, focusing on the independence of judiciary in the context of national and international politics. In the afternoon of the first conference day the panel ʻAdmissibility of Extraordinary Appeal: Does a Broad Review Lead to a More Effective Justice?’ took place. The first conference day’s highlight was a gala dinner at Chateau Slavkov-Austerlitz.

On Wednesday 7 November, all participants were in the morning transferred to Bratislava where the conference continued with the next expert panel ʻThe Role and Position of the Supreme Courts at Present and Prospects for the Future’ until the afternoon. The entire conference programme was then concluded by a gala reception at Bratislava castle.

Confirmed speakers