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The constitutional crisis in Poland 2015-2016

Since 2015, Poland has been going through a constitutional crisis related to the functioning of the Constitutional Tribunal. The crisis poses a serious threat to the rule of law, democracy and human rights protection.

The HFHR has monitored the legislative procedure on the Act on the Constitutional Tribunal and the appointment of Constitutional Tribunal judges from the very beginning. The purpose of the current report is to document the course of events and the most important stages of the crisis. While preparing the report, we used press releases, opinions, expert analyses and publicly available documents. To illustrate the atmosphere which has accompanied the conflict, we also quote statements of politicians delivered in the course of parliamentary debates.

Authors: Małgorzata Szuleka, Marcin Wolny, Marcin Szwed

Date of publication: September 2016


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