Warsaw – ESI at discussion on threats to the rule of law in Poland

14 June 2023
Gerald Knaus in Warsaw
Photo: ESI

ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in a discussion on “Governmental accountability in Europe and Poland” organised by the Batory Foundation.

Gerald’s panel was on international mechanisms securing the accountability of governments in Europe, where he stressed his concerns about the erosion of the rule of law in Poland. He described the government’s attacks on the independence of Polish courts, emphasising the profound implications at stake.

Gerald emphasized the alarming entrenchment of governmental power abuses in Poland, leading to a deficient system of accountability. He argued that the immediate defence of the rule of law in Poland is crucial.

Gerald debated with Daniel Hegedüs (Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund), Eliza Rutynowsk (Programme Officer at FIDH Human rights) and Miroslaw Wyrzykowski (Professor emeritus of the Law Faculty of the Warsaw University, retired judge of the Polish Constitutional Court, President of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of Public Affairs). The discussion was moderated by Jarosław Beldowski (Counsel at Dentons law firm, President of the Polish Association of Law and Economics, Polish Institute of Economic Idea).