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Dismantling Rule of Law in Poland: Methods and Resistance

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The CEU Democracy Institute cordially invites to the public lecture of Adam Bodnar (Professor of Law and Dean, Law Faculty, SWPS & Former Human Rights Ombudsman of Poland).

Chair: Renata Uitz (CEU Democracy Institute / Department of Legal Studies).

The lecture is part of the eighth conference of the BRIDGE network event series: The Rule of Law Crisis and the Future of EU Governance

Please note that this is a hybrid event: you may join in-person (Budapest campus, Nador u. 15., room 106), or follow it online.

If you would like attend the lecture in-person, then please register here.

If you would like to follow the lecture online, on Zoom, then please register here.

Please note that proof of vaccination is required to enter CEU premises, and wearing a mask is obligatory in all common areas. Read more about CEU’s Covid-protocol here.

About the speaker

Professor Adam Bodnar is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and human rights. He held the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland from September 2015 to July 2021. He is also a former Vice-President of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights (2010-2015). Throughout his career, he has been working with many NGOs, including Panoptykon Foundation (Chair of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Poland (member of the Program Council), Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and member of the board). Additionally, he was a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at the Batory Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (2014 - 2015).

He is an author and co-author of numerous scientific publications, in particular on the topic of human rights. His doctoral theses A multilayer citizenship in the European constitutional space received a special prize in a competition organized by “Przegląd Sejmowy” (Sejm Overview), a bi-monthly publication of the Polish Parliament (Sejm). Professor Bodnar obtained his post-doctoral degree (habilitacja) at the University of Warsaw in 2019. His post-doctoral dissertation was published as Wykonywanie orzeczeń Europejskiego Trybunału Praw Człowieka w Polsce. Wymiar instytucjonalny (Implementation of Judgements of the European Tribunal for Human Rights in Poland. Institutional Dimension), (Wolters Kluwer).

Professor Bodnar is a recipient of the 2018 Rafto Prize for his contribution to the protection of human rights and the rule of law in Poland and the 2019 Rule of Law Award granted by the World Justice Project. In 2020, he was awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, Knight Class. The same year he was awarded the Equality Crown by the Campaign Against Homophobia, a public-benefit nongovernmental organization with non-profit status working for the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Poland, and an award from the Janina Paradowska and Jerzy Zimowski Foundation for his social engagement and contribution to the protection of human rights.