What‘s left after the right: Five Years of “new“ Constitutional Tribunal in Poland (2016-2021)
Throughout 2015-2016 constitutional scholars around the world witnessed Polish Constitutional Tribunal attacked – and indeed conquered – by right-wing Law&Justice. As dust settled, and ‘Tribunal-in-name-only‘ produced five years of its own jurisprudence, the ambition of proposed panel is to describe how this institution operates in legal, political and social sphere. What is the role of politically-controlled ‘Tribunal‘ in illiberalizing democracy? How it fits among the other power centers? Is it still willing or able to protect individual rights – and if so, what kind of rights and what kind of citizens? How does it fare compared to its own infancy during the communist regime (1986-1989)? What was its role in facilitating further attacks: on the Council of Judiciary and Ombudsman‘s Office? What happened to its goodwill accumulated among citizens and what strategies it employs to legitimize itself?