The Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers undertook an official visit to Poland from 23 to 27 October 2017. During his mission, the Special Rapporteur met with a wide range of high-ranking government officials, the Commissioner for Human Rights, judges and magistrates from various levels of the courts, prosecutors, lawyers, academics, international and local non-governmental organizations and representatives of international and regional organizations. The purpose of the mission was to assess the legislative and other measures to reform the Polish justice system adopted by the Law and Justice Party following its victory at the general elections of October 2015.
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a meeting with Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering Former Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Former President of the European Parliament; Dr. Diego García-Sayán UN-Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers; Dr. Adam Bodnar Commissioner for Human Rights Poland; Gerald Knaus Founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative (ESI); Dr. Stefanie Ricarda Roos Former Director of the Rule of Law Programme South East Europe, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung; and Dr. Franziska Rinke International Rule of Law Programme Coordinator.
Presentation of the Report on the mission to Poland