We are happy to announce the series of webinars “Spring with the Rule of Law in CEE” organized by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Poland) and Riga Graduate School of Law.
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 online 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.
WEBINAR 1: THE IDEAL OF THE RULE OF LAW AND WHY IT MATTERS
25 March 2021, at 11:00 (Riga time) online
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 favour of the “rule by law”. During the webinar, Professor Martin Krygier, an acclaimed expert on the rule of law, will shed some light on theoretical assumptions of the rule of law, its implementation in the Central and Eastern Europe, and the regional understanding of the rule of law. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by Professor Adam Bodnar, former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland.
Language of the event is English. Live streaming will be available for all interested parties on the day of the event.
THE IDEAL OF THE RULE OF LAW, AND WHY IT MATTERS
Professor Martin Krygier, an acclaimed expert on the rule of law and an active contributor to the development of this concept worldwide will talk about theoretical assumptions of the rule of law, its implementation in the Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Communism, and the regional understanding of the rule of law.
Professor Krygier will juxtapose the ideal of the rule of law, which in the western world is understood in a specific way, and its practical significance. In other words, Professor Krygier will explain how the rule of law influences the key areas of life, such as politics, legal policy, economy, and social relations.
Currently, we can talk about the return of the Central and Eastern Europe to governing by the “rule by law”, which manifests itself in the rise of all kinds of populist movements. Therefore, juxtaposing the socio-political reality with the ideal of the rule of law seems to be indispensable for rethinking of the meaning of this idea.
More about the webinar and its speakers you can read in our events section here: