A Constitutional Moment for the European Rule of Law - Upcoming Landmark Decisions Concerning the Polish Judiciary

17 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2018 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018

Armin von Bogdandy

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Piotr Bogdanowicz

Warsaw University - Faculty of Law and Administration

Iris Canor

Independent

Maciej Taborowski

University of Warsaw - Faculty of Law and Administration

Matthias Schmidt

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: June 20, 2018

Abstract

Europe is set to witness a ‘constitutional moment’. At issue is whether illiberal democracies become part of the European public order as laid out in Article 2 TEU, or are opposed by it. In the first case, the conventional self-understanding of Europe can no longer be maintained because the European rule of law would accept what is happening at present in Poland, where the wilfull subversion of judicial independence is uprooting the separation of powers. In the second case, the European rule of law would be supplemented by ‘red lines’. This paper shows how European institutions should react, not least in the LM case.

Keywords: Article 2 TEU, European rule of law, constitutional moment, Poland, independence of the judiciary, LM case

Suggested Citation

von Bogdandy, Armin and Piotr Bogdanowicz and Canor, Iris and Taborowski, Maciej and Schmidt, Matthias, A Constitutional Moment for the European Rule of Law - Upcoming Landmark Decisions Concerning the Polish Judiciary (June 20, 2018). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2018-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3199809

Armin Von Bogdandy (Contact Author)

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

Piotr Bogdanowicz

Warsaw University - Faculty of Law and Administration ( email )

Warszawa
Poland

Iris Canor

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Maciej Henryk Taborowski

University of Warsaw - Faculty of Law and Administration ( email )

Warszawa
Poland

Matthias Schmidt

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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