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How should the EU support the Polish judiciary? Оn-line hearing invitation

The Open Dialogue Foundation invites you to a Zoom hearing with persecuted Polish judges Beata Morawiec & Dariusz Mazur with additional expertise provided by Prof. Laurent Pech.


Judge Beata Morawiec, President of the Themis Judges’ Association.

First judge to win a court case against Justice Minister Z. Ziobro for her unlawful removal from office, now facing his retaliation, incl. a threat of 10 years in jail for made-up corruption charges.

On September 18th Central Anticorruption Bureau agents with a public prosecutor searched her house under orders of the MOJ, thus violating her immunity and prompting nation-wide protests by judges.

Judge Dariusz Mazur, Themis Judges’ Association Spokesperson.

Faced repression due to his international, active defence of the independent judiciary in Poland, especially following his testimony in the OSCE & EP, where he denounced the systemic attacks on judges and prosecutors as well as exposed the MOJ’s organised hate & trolling campaign.

Judge Mazur will also act as interpreter for Judge Morawiec.

Prof. Laurent Pech, Professor of European Law, Middlesex University.

Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law (2014-17) and Head of the Law and Politics Department at Middlesex University London.

Leading expert on the rule of law breakdown in Poland. Co-author of several appeals to the European Commission in support of the independent judiciary, co-signed by dozens of the world’s leading legal scholars, most recent one published on Sept. 28th.

The hearing will be co-hosted by MEPs Róża Thun (EPP, Poland), Sophie in ‘t Veld (RE, Netherlands), Michal Šimečka (RE, Slovakia) & Terry Reintke (Greens, Germany), moderated by Martin Mycielski, Public Affairs Director at ODF.

When & how?

The hearing will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 8th, 1pm-2pm.

The meeting is reserved for Members of the European Parliament & EP advisors only. Opening statements & testimonies will be followed by an open-floor Q&A.

Please confirm your attendance by email to [email protected] before noon on October 7th to receive a link to the Zoom session.

The event will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Open Dialogue Foundation & possibly the pages of the co-hosting MEPs.

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