The Teleos and the Anatomy of the Rule of Law in EU Infringement Procedures

Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2019) 11:439–4

7 Pages Posted: 25 May 2022

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Petra Bard

Radboud University; Central European University (CEU)

Anna Sledzinska-Simon

University of Wroclaw - Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics

Date Written: May 6, 2022

Abstract

The article proves a long-lasting legacy of Martin Krygier’s work on the rule of law. Taking the European Union as a case study, and specifically—the recent infringement action concerning the judicial independence in Poland, the article addresses the point (teleos) of the rule of law, the conditions the institutions need to fulfill to make this point, and institutional measures that help to meet these conditions in the EU as a whole and its Member States. It argues that the rule of law can be achieved via various paths, but there is general agreement on when its basic elements such as the guarantees against arbitrary removal of judges are missing. Therefore, it concludes, the EU does not need to determine the anatomy of national institutions, but it needs to remain vigilant against such modifications that put at risk the effectiveness of EU law, and the judicial protection of individual rights in particular.

Suggested Citation

Bard, Petra and Sledzinska-Simon, Anna, The Teleos and the Anatomy of the Rule of Law in EU Infringement Procedures (May 6, 2022). Hague Journal on the Rule of Law (2019) 11:439–4, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4101770

Petra Bard (Contact Author)

Radboud University ( email )

Nijmegen, 6500KK
Netherlands

Central European University (CEU) ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

Anna Sledzinska-Simon

University of Wroclaw - Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics ( email )

Pl. Uniwersytecki 1 50-137
Wrocław
Poland

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