The legal procedures in the context of the rule of law backsliding in Poland, 12 February 2020

Ewa Zelazna (Leicester Law School)

Since gaining power in 2015, the Polish right-wing Government has used the populist blueprint to radically reform the justice system. Changes introduced at all levels of Polish courts aimed to gradually subordinate the judiciary to the political power of the day and have significantly undermined the rule of law. Despite the fact that many of these amendments were regarded as unconstitutional and some of them were found to contravene EU law, the Government has persistently refused to re-evaluate merits of its approach. The rule of law crisis in Poland has deepened after the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in A.K. and Others (Joined cases C-585/18, C-624/18 and C-625/1). In my presentation, I will evaluate the recent judgment of the Court of Justice, its application by the Polish Supreme Court and the response of the Polish Government, which remains committed to implementing its reforms.

This event is organised by European Law and Policy Research Cluster. The talk will be delivered by Dr Ewa Zelazna of Leicester Law School.


Date and time 12.30—14.00pm, Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Location Jan Grodecki Room, first floor, Fielding Johnson Building
Open to staff and students
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