We are pleased to invite you to participate in the conference „PROTECTING EUROPEAN UNION VALUES: Breaches of Article 2 TUE and their Consequences” to be hosted by the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, Chair of European Law and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.
The conference will be held in Warsaw, on 14-15 September 2017.
In January 2016, the European Commission activated its new mechanism to combat systemic deficiencies in the rule of law in certain Member States of the EU, the „EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law”, for the first time. Its addressee is Poland, where the government undertook substantial changes regarding the Constitutional Tribunal, the media and several other areas of law which are of key importance to the rule of law. Since then, an uneasy dialogue on the situation in Poland has been under way between the European Commission and the Polish government. As of today, the Rule of Law Framework has reached its final stage concerning Poland without considerable results.
Recently, the Polish parliament has adopted another controversial set of laws, including the amendment to the Act on the National Judiciary Council, dividing it into two chambers and terminating the terms of its current members (contrary to the Polish Constitution) and is working on the amendment to the Act on the Supreme Court, terminating of tenures of all the Court’s judges and granting the Minister of Justice or the President (it has not yet been decided) a competence to single-handedly decide which judges will remain in office in the Supreme Court.
Although the whole topic is politically very sensitive, we are of the opinion that a legal and academic analysis is due. For this reason, we have invited a panel of academics of the highest quality, judges and representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
Programme of the conference may be found below:
Please register here (limited number of seats):
Please join us and contribute to this important debate.
Dr. Piotr Bogdanowicz & Dr. Maciej Taborowski
Organizers of the conference