Judicial Independence

    • The European Commission’s Activation of Article 7: Better Late than Never?

      ‘The European Union is first and foremost a Union of values and of the rule of law. The conquest of these values is the result of our history. They are the hard core of the Union’s identity and enable every citizen to identify with it. The Commission is convinced that in this Union of values it will not be necessary to apply penalties pursuant to Article 7 of the Union Treaty ...

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    • The Commission takes a step back in the fight for the Rule of Law

      (1) Media reports of 20 December 2017 almost dwarfed the news of the Commission moving to initiate the judicial stage of the infringement proceedings against Poland based on Article 258 TFEU, in relation to certain provisions of the Act on the Common Courts System (the CCS Act). Under these proceedings, the breach of EU law may be established by the CJEU much faster than in t ...

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  • A Stress Test for Europe’s Judiciaries

    … The rule of law, judicial independence and separation of powers are values guaranteed in constitutions of member states of the Council of Europe. Nevertheless, in recent years, a number of challenges to these accepted values have emerged in different countries all over Europe. Events in countries like Hungary, Ukraine, Slovakia and Turkey should…

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  • Is Poland’s President Duda on the Road to Damascus?

    … Polish President Duda’s veto of the government’s bills on the judiciary caught both the governing party and the opposition by surprise, and can indeed be seen as something of a miracle. The President’s consistent support for all of PiS’s previous assaults on the rule of law in Poland had not given much hope for his conversion, yet he found…

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  • For Central Europe’s Illiberal Democracies, the Worst is yet to Come

    … and a violation of the rule of law. Practically since the day of the party’s all-out parliamentary victory in October 2015, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the PiS chairman and de facto the country’s highest authority, has declared a crusade against Polish courts and judges. Labelling them a caste, a clique held together by a network of close-knit, corrupted…

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  • How to Demolish an Independent Judiciary with the Help of a Constitutional Court

    … On 20 June, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, with three anti-judges among its members, decided that certain provisions of the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland were unconstitutional. By doing so, the Tribunal unanimously conceded to the motion of the Minister of Justice, who had questioned those provisions in the course…

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  • „The National Council of the Judiciary is under attack in different ways“

    … Is the independence of the judiciary in Poland in danger? I think it is. And it is not just about some media and politicians attacking and insulting judges, but about the law which is treated in a way that insults all rules of correct legislation. The most dangerous is questioning of the judgments of the Constitutional Court…

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  • Das Hohe und das Menschliche: eine Anmerkung zur Affäre Schnizer

    … Meinungen zu veröffentlichen. Zur Erinnerung: Schnizer ist ausgezogen, eine Entscheidung, für die er gestimmt hat, zu verteidigen. Wieso also eine Diskussion über dissenting opinions? Schnizer äußert eine Vermutung über die Vorbereitung der Anfechtung, deren beeindruckender Umfang ihm als Mitglied des Gerichts vor Augen gestanden ist. Niemand fragt…

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