Preliminary programme:

5 November, 2018

15:00

Departure by buses from Bratislava (Župné námestie, Farský kostol sv. Jána z Mathy, Trojička) to Brno (Hotel International Brno)

19:00

Welcome reception hosted by Mr Pavel Šámal, President of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic, (Hotel International Brno, Lucullus Restaurant)

6 November, 2018

8:00 – 8:50

Registration of participants

9:00 – 9:45

Opening of the Conference
Pavel Šámal, President of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic
Daniela Švecová, President of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic
Milan Štěch, President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Radek Vondráček, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Pavel Rychetský, President of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic
Jan Kněžínek, Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic

10:00 – 10:30

Press conference

9:45 – 11:00

Panel I: Historical view on the functioning of Supreme Courts between 1918 – 2018
Moderator: František Púry
Speakers:
‘The Establishment of the Czechoslovak Supreme Court’ Ladislav Vojáček, Head of the Department of History of the State and Law at the Faculty of Law, Masaryk University
‘Continuity and Discontinuity after the Foundation of the Czechoslovakia and the Role of the Supreme Court’ Jan Kuklík, Dean of the Law Faculty, Charles University
‘Historical Issues of the Judiciary and Slovak lawyers at the Supreme Court of Czechoslovakia’ Jozef Vozár, Director of the Institute of State and Law of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
‘Judges of the Supreme Court of Czechoslovakia in the years 1918 – 1938’ Stanislav Balík, Judge emeritus of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic

11:00 – 11:40

Coffee break (Group photo will be taken during the break)

11:40 – 13:15

Panel II: Challenges of the Judiciary in Modern Times: Independence in the Context of National and International Politics
Moderator: Zdeněk Kühn
Keynote speech: ‘The Necessity of Judicial Independence in the Pursuit of Accountability for the Gravest Crimes

Chile Eboe-Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court

Speakers:
‘Ensuring the Rule of Law, While Recognising the Different Institutional Roles of the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary’ Lord Mance, former Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
‘The Independence of the Judge in Luxembourg: External and Internal Aspects’ Jean-Claude Wiwinius, President of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
‘Judicial Independence as the Condition of Democracy’ Marek Safjan, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union

13:15 - 13:30

Discussion

13:30 – 14:30

Lunch (Hotel International Brno, Lucullus Restaurant)

14:30 – 16:15

Panel III: Admissibility of Extraordinary Appeal: Does a Broad Review Lead to a More Effective Justice?
Moderator: Jan Passer
Keynote speech: ‘Admissibility of an Extraordinary Appeal: Models and Their Functioning in Practice – Time for a Change?’

Pavel Šámal, President of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic

Speakers:
‘Final National Judicial Decisions in a European Perspective’ Irene Tricomi, Judge and Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme Court of Italy 
‘What the Case Selection Before Supreme Jurisdiction is Not Supposed to Be’ Michal Bobek, Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union
‘Filtering the Appeals to the Supreme Court: The Finnish Approach’ Jukka Sippo, Judge of the Supreme Court of Finland

16:15 - 16:30

Discussion

16:30

Closing of the first conference day

17:00

Departure by buses from Hotel International Brno to Slavkov

17:45

Arrival to Slavkov

17:45 – 19.15

Visit of the expositions of Chateau Slavkov

19:15

Welcome drink

19:30 – 22:00

Gala dinner hosted by Mr Pavel Šámal, President of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic

22:00

Departure by buses to Brno and Bratislava

7 November, 2018

8:05

Departure by buses from the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic to Bratislava (Bratislava Castle)  

8:15

Departure by buses from Hotel International Brno to Bratislava (Bratislava Castle)

10:30 – 11:00

Registration

11:30 - 12:00

Press conference

11:00 - 11:10

Opening of the Second Conference Day
Daniela Švecová, President of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic

11:15 – 12:45

Panel IV: The Role and Position of Supreme Courts: The Present and Prospects for the Future

Moderator: Jarmila Urbancová

Speakers:
‘Supreme Courts Finding Their Way Between Constitutional Courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice: Some Reflections from the Austrian Perspective’ Elisabeth Lovrek, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Austria

‘Restrictions and Ways of Exercising the Powers of the Supreme Court’ Damijan Florjančič, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia 

‘The Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic and the Accession of Slovakia to the EU’ Juraj Schwarcz, Judge of the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union

‘Harmonisation as a Tool for the Interpretation of Law on a Domestic and International Level’ Andreas Zünd, Judge of the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland

12:45 – 14:30

Lunch break (Group photo will be taken during the break)

14:30 – 16:00

Panel IV: The Role and Position of Supreme Courts: The Present and Prospects for the Future (continued)

Moderator: Gabriela Dobrovičová

Speakers:

‘Democracy, Environment and the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic’ Daniel Šváby, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union

‘Ratio, Aim and the Necessity of the Recodification of the Czech Civil Procedural Rules’ Roman Fiala, Vice-President of the Supreme Court of Czech Republic

‘Supreme Court Leadership in Building a Judiciary That is Independent, Effective and Enjoys the Enduring Respect of the People’ John M. Walker, Jr., Senior judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
‘The Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic and the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic: The Way to Enhance Independence and Legitimacy’ Lenka Praženková, President of the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic

16:00 – 17:00

Coffee break

17:00 – 19:30

Closing of the Conference, reception
Ivetta Macejková, President of the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic
Gábor Gál, Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic
Pavel Šámal, President of the Supreme Court of the Czech Republic

Daniela Švecová, President of the Supreme Court of the Slovak Republic

20:00

Departure to Brno

8 November, 2018

Breakfast and departure of delegations