UP Faculty of Law’s CIHOL acquires foreign partner

The Memorandum was signed by Martin Faix for CIHOL and Serena Forlati (on the right) on half of the Italian party. A member of the Italian centre, Alessandra Annoni, is also pictured. Photo: UP Faculty of Law Archives
Friday 10 April 2020, 8:00 – Text: Eva Hrudníková

The Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law (CIHOL), which operates at the UP Faculty of Law under the auspices of the Department of International and European Law, has acquired an important international partner. A Memorandum on Cooperation was signed with Centro studi giuridici europei sulla grande criminalità (MacroCrimes) at the University of Ferrara. The Memorandum will benefit not only the centres themselves but will also give students new opportunities.

The focus of the Italian centre is very close to that of CIHOL. “What is especially valuable for us is their orientation on International Law and the law of armed conflict, and their experience with the Italian army. For example, they participate in the training of military lawyers. In many ways, they can be an inspiration for us,” explained Martin Faix, Head of the CIHOL, for which the Memorandum is the first of its kind. The contract was signed on behalf of the Italian institute by its director, Serena Forlati.

For the Olomouc centre, the Memorandum expands the possibilities of its activities. “In science and research, we would like to, for example, apply for joint international projects with our Italian partners, publish, and organise conferences and workshops. We will also cooperate in the area of teaching. Next year we plan to hold a joint summer school on the law of armed conflict, which would be attended by our students and students from Ferrara,” said Faix.

CIHOL was established at the Department of International and European Law in early 2019. Its activities bring together experts in International Law from the Faculty of Law in Olomouc, the Czech Army, and several external experts from Czech universities, as well Hungary, Poland, and South Africa. The centre has its own website.