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Panel Discussion: "Core European Values under Pressure? The Crisis of the Rule of Law in Poland and Beyond"

Jan 16, 2019 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

The recent years have seen a growing polarization between European institutions and some member States in which the meaning of core European values has been (re-)negotiated. A particularly acute example is Poland where the government has tried in various ways to influence appointment procedures and the organisation of the judiciary. While the European Commission and other institutions have responded to this development and the Polish government has recently agreed to some compromises, the broader significance of this development still needs to further discussion. How are core European values like "the rule of law" defined by European and national institutions? How are exchanges on such values structured? What is the role of law in this connection? And how can these exchanges be understood in the light of comparative and historical perspective? This HR-UP panel discussion invites critical consideration of these questions.



  • Zuzanna Rudzinska-Bluszcz, Chief Coordinator for Strategic Litigation at the Office of the Polish Ombudsman for Fundamental Rights
  • Anna Delius, Historian, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Mattias Wendel, Professor of EU Law, Universität Bielefeld



  • Sinthiou Buszewski, Christian-Albrecht-Universität zu Kiel, Associate Editor of "Verfassungsblog"

Time & Location

Jan 16, 2019 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Freie Universität Berlin,
Boltzmannstr. 3,
14195 Berlin,
Room 3302

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School