Tag: democratic backsliding
The current dismantling of the rule of law in Poland
How is it that suddenly, out of nowhere, Poland, the precocious child of transformation, seems to be returning to the culture of mono-power?
How Democracy Dies (in Poland): A Case Study of Anti-Constitutional Populist Backsliding
A dramatic change occurred in Polish constitutional politics in 2015: a combined presidential and
parliamentary victory of the populist Law and Justice party [PiS] began a series of deep political and
legal changes which turned the constitutional order on its head in many respects.
In this paper, I provide a detailed account of how comprehensive and momentous the legal changes
are, in particular going so far as to dismantle institutional checks on the government (including
paralysis the Constitution al Tribunal, and then conversion of it into an active supporter of the government) and
to erode a number of individual and political rights, such as the right to assembly and privacy.
PiS Threatens to Take Over Courts, Liquidate Supreme Court, and Challenge CJEU
Kaczyński announces the takeover of the courts after the elections. He threatens: ‘No one will stop us’
Prosecution of Bydgoszcz judges by Radzik. The president will not intervene. ‘Premature and unauthorised’
Extraordinary meeting of the new National Council for Judiciary. ‘A tribute of surrender’.
PiS spy law has been passed. ‘An open door for striking at journalists and not only’