17:30 to 18:30
End date
08 March 2018
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD
Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Poland: From Paradigm to Pariah?

Polish constitutional crisis - facts and interpretations

In this lecture, Polish lawyer Marcin Matczak will outline the legal and constitutional developments in Poland under the rule of the Law and Justice Party, which include the threat of EU sanctions over reforms to the judiciary and the recently announced and highly controversial Holocaust bill.

The issues raised in the lecture will be discussed in greater depth at a workshop the following day.

Marcin Matczak is an associate professor at the University of Warsaw and a partner in DZP, one of the largest Polish law firms. His academic interests cover legal theory and legal philosophy. His publications include articles and books on theories of legal interpretation, judicial reasoning and judicial formalism, with special focus on the application of philosophy of language in legal philosophy. He has been involved in the Polish constitutional crisis since its beginning, first as attorney representing NGOs before the Constitutional Tribunal, and later as commentator publishing among others on Verfassungsblog (