Poland: From Paradigm to Pariah?

Polish constitutional crisis - facts and interpretations
Marcin Matczak, Associate Professor, University of Warsaw and partner in DZP, one of the largest Polish law firms

Marcin Matczak, the renowned lawyer and professor at the University of Warsaw, denounces the policies implemented in Poland in recent years that have served to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

Describing the escalating crisis in the country, the renowned lawyer and University of Warsaw professor accuses the misleadingly named ruling Law and Justice party of having carried out a multidimensional “assault on the rule of law in Poland”, through a series of opaque negotiations and extraordinary eleventh hour measures that “would not seem out of place in a political thriller”.

Professor Marczak assesses the historical, legal and sociological explanations for the constitutional crisis in Poland, arguing that "The rule of law in Poland became a smokescreen for shady interests rather than the disinterested expression of an ideal".