Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

IEE to host discussion on the crisis of the rule of law next Monday

Institute for European Studies – ULB, Room Spaak, Avenue FD Roosevelt 39, Brussels
Avenue FD Roosevelt
1050 Brussels

The rule of law, at the center of the European construction, provokes both consensus and heated debates. In EU politics, recent judicial reforms in Poland and Hungary have illustrated the challenges that the rule of law represents to the integration process.


Increasingly a source of political conflict, notably when it comes to the EU dealing with separation of power, the independence of judicial institutions or the organisation of the judiciary in its Member States, the rule of law constitutes pivotal European value under stress.

Examining the rule of law and the pressures this core value stands today are the motivation for the academic and policy panels that the Institute for European Studies (IEE) hosts, in coordination with CEVIPOL, this Monday, February 20th, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.


Two debates, one subject

A pivotal European value under stress: The rule of law crises and their impact on EU’s political integration’ will be a conversation between academics and policy makers that seeks to shed more light on the tensions generated by EU’s attempt to govern the rule of law. But also to examine the structure of conflict over the rule of law, sovereignty, legitimacy and power at the EU and domestic level.

This first panel (4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), moderated by Ramona Coman, Director of the IEE, will focus on The EU’s new mode of governance in dealing with rule of law crises in Poland and Hungary and The rule of law as a common value. The panelists are:

The policy panel (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), chaired by Andrew Bradley, Director of the Office of International Institute for Democracy Assistance to the European Union will also host:

Sergio Bartole – Member of the Venice Commission, Council of Europe, Professor in Constitutional Law;
Emmanuel Crabit – Head of Unit Justice Policy and Rule of Law, DG JUST, European Commission.