• Free Men and Genuine Judges will Remember about Free Courts

      I was sitting next to him in July and December 2017 at the Polish Senate. We waited long hours for a chance to speak to the Senators and try to convince them that the Supreme Court reform is a threat to judicial independence. Stanisław Zabłocki, once a distinguished attorney, now the President of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, was making his final stand – for the fu ...

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  • Memory Wars: The Polish-Ukrainian Battle about History

    … killed during the conflict in 1940s: Ukrainians and Poles. The quest for reconciliation has been reflected in a number of joint statements: by the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland ‘On Concorde and Reconciliation’ on May 21, 1997; by the Parliaments of Ukraine and Poland on the 60th Anniversary of the Volyn Tragedy on July 10, 2003; by the Presidents…

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  • The Right to the Truth for the Families of Victims of the Katyń Massacre

    … In recent decades, the jurisprudence of international human rights tribunals has aimed at crystallising the “right to the truth”. This concept was developed in the context of enforced disappearances in South American countries but has also been invoked in dealing with the past in Europe, for instance in the case of accounting for the crimes…

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  • Memory Laws and Security

    … of some Poles perpetuating and being complicit in WWII crimes is rebutted by many in Poland, and heroic and martyrologic narratives about Polish history and Poles in European history are preferred by the current right-wing government. From this perspective, national identity is secured and preserved only when a singular version of the past is shared…

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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…

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  • Datenbank polnischer Sexualtraftäter

    … Das polnische Justizministerium hat jüngst eine im Internet veröffentlicht, in welcher persönliche Daten wie Geburtsdatum und Aufenthaltsort nebst Foto von etwa 800 Delinquenten zu sehen sind. Das Register erscheint auch in englischer Sprache als "Sex Offenders Register". "Das Recht auf den Schutz unserer Kinder steht über der Anonymität von…

    Fachanwalt für IT-Recht- 110 Leser -
  • „A Good Constitution” and the Habits of Heart

    … aspire to be such. Maybe it is even better than „We Poles” truly are and applies certain idealism to our description and self-understanding. Yet, despite this over-idealistic narrative, citizens should always side with the document of hope, and reject document of fear, exclusion and distrust. As we enter the New Year, the question whether there…

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  • Some Thoughts on Authoritarian Backsliding

    … to recover from authoritarian backsliding. Though they are of particular relevance for Poles today, they are of general relevance wherever oppressive and authoritarian regimes seek to stifle free and open societies. Firstly, take action to counter the propaganda of fear and danger which reinforces the authoritarian personality and increases support…

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  • 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…

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  • Next Stop on the Way to Constitutional Disarray in Poland: Electoral Law Reform

    … Last Thursday, the Sejm has passed another hugely controversial law that might change the constitutional setup in Poland without changing a letter of the constitution itself. The law claims, according to its title, to „increase the participation of citizens in the process of electing, functioning and controlling certain public bodies“ (doc. 2001…

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  • Bialowieza Forest, the Spruce Bark Beetle and the EU Law Controversy in Poland

    … One might think that insects are rarely subject to political controversies in the EU. Not recently though. On 27 July 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union imposed a temporary injunction against logging in the Polish Bialowieza Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the last old-growth forest in Europe, while the case is being tried…

    Verfassungsblog- 63 Leser -
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