The fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe has created an extraordinary opportunity to raise democratic societies in that part of the world. However, since the 2008 economic crisis and throughout the ongoing pandemic, Europe has seen a rise of populist movements, which depart from governing by “the rule of law” in favor of the “rule by law”.
During our third webinar on 27 May at 12:00 (Riga time), Professor Laurent Pech, the Head of Department Law at the Middlesex University London, a specialist in EU Public Law and the highly established scholar, will focus on the role of the European Court Justice in the rule of law protection and promotion processes.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Professor Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland.
The webinar is part of the series “Spring with the Rule of Law in CEE”, organised by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Poland) and Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL).
Language of the event is English. Live streaming will be available for all interested parties on the day of the event.
Please register here to attend the seminar.
THE COURT OF JUSTICE TO THE RESCUE OF THE RULE OF LAW: FROM PORTUGUESE JUDGES (CASE C-64/16) TO ROMANIAN JUDGES (CASE C-83/19 ET AL)
Professor Pech will talk about issues related to the rule of law in the context of the European Court of Justice activity with particular reference to its role in protecting the rule of law principles in the EU. He will focus on the concrete cases related to the legislative initiatives of the EU member states affecting one of the EU legal fundaments: judicial independence.
The rule of law system works appropriately when all its elements are balanced. Each national judges is a European judge at the same time. Any threat of political influence on the judicial system in particular countries should be understood as a crucial European issue.
The webinar series “Spring with the Rule of Law in CEE” is organised by Riga Graduate School of Law and SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. The series aims to raise the awareness about the fundamental concepts of the rule of law system, its Central and Eastern European specifics and the challenges that await societies during the creation of a fully democratic political community.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The webinar series “Spring with the Rule of Law in CEE” is organised by Riga Graduate School of Law and SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. The series aims to raise the awareness of participants about the fundamental concepts of the rule of law system, its Central and Eastern European specifics and the traps that await society during the creation of a fully democratic political community.
Participants will have an opportunity to attend meetings and discussions with acclaimed experts who have spent their time on in-depth research of the rule of law, Central and Eastern Europe, and the legal practices strengthening these ideals.
The series aims to shed some light on emerging issues and opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe and the European Union as a whole.
Prof. Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department at Middlesex University London. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law at Bordeaux University and a Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute in Budapest. Professor Pech specialises in EU Public Law and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law and a member of the H2020 funded research project on ‘Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law’ (RECONNECT). In March 2021, he co-founded The Good Lobby Profs which he is now co-directing with Dr. Joelle Grogan. His main area of research is respect for the rule of law in the European legal space and his most recent publications include: ‘Poland’s Rule of Law Breakdown: A Five-Year Assessment of EU’s (In)Action’ (2021) 13 Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 1; The Concept of Chilling Effect. Its untapped potential to better protect democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights in the EU, Open Society European Policy Institute, March 2021; ‘Protecting Polish judges from Poland’s Disciplinary “Star Chamber”’ (2021) 58 Common Market Law Review 137; Written submission in response to the Rule of Law call by the Joint Committee on EU Affairs of the House of the Oireachtas, RECONNECT Policy Brief, January 2021.
Prof. Justyna Łacny – is a professor of EU law and the Deputy Dean for Science at the Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences of the Warsaw University of Technology. She completed her legal studies at the University of Wrocław (2000), while her academic degrees - doctorate in Law (2009) and habilitation in law (2017) - at the Institute of Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she worked 2004-2017.
Justyna Łacny's academic work focuses on EU law, most generally on: EU institutional law, EU administrative law, EU funds, protection of EU financial interests, EU law enforcement mechanisms. The most recent research concerns violations of the rule of law by Member States and the legal remedies laid down in EU law, which may be applied to eliminate such violations.
A separate part of Justyna Łacny's professional occupation is legal analyses on EU law conducted for Polish Sejm. Justyna Łacny is also an advocate.
Francesco Luigi Gatta
Francesco Luigi Gatta is Visiting Professor at Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia), where he teaches EU Law, European Constitutional Law and Migration and Asylum Law. Areas of research/interest: migration and asylum law, human rights.
Graduated cum laude at the University of Padova, he holds a double-PhD from the Universities of Padua (Italy) and Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (Austria).
He has been visiting researcher and research fellow in various European universities, including: Universität-Konstanz (Germany); EUI – European University Institute (Italy); Università della Tuscia (Italy); Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium); Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (Austria); Université de Strasbourg (France); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium); Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany).
He was trainee at the Council of Europe (Legal Affairs & Human Rights Committee, Parliamentary Assembly) and at the European Parliament (Legal Service).
Professor Adam Bodnar – is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and human rights. He has held the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland since September 2015. He is also a former Vice-President of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights (2010-2015). Throughout his career, he has been working with many NGOs, including Panoptykon Foundation (Chair of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Poland (member of the Program Council), Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and member of the board). Additionally, he was a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at the Batory Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (2014 - 2015).
Prof. Bodnar is an author and co-author of numerous scientific publications, in particular on the topic of human rights. His doctoral theses A multilayer citizenship in the European constitutional space received a special prize in a competition organized by Przegląd Sejmowy (Sejm Overview), a bi-monthly publication of the Polish Parliament (Sejm). Professor Bodnar obtained his post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) at the University of Warsaw in 2019. His post-doctoral dissertation was published as Wykonywanie orzeczeń Europejskiego Trybunału Praw Człowieka w Polsce. Wymiar instytucjonalny (Implementation of Judgements of the European Tribunal for Human Rights in Poland. Institutional Dimension), (Wolters Kluwer).
Please register here to attend the webinar.