Bard Contributes to Opinion on Certain Provisions of The Draft Act on The Supreme Court of Poland, Commissioned by OSCE

As one of the international experts of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Karoly Bard, professor in the Department of Legal Studies and chair of the Human Rights Program at CEU, has contributed to the reviews of the Polish Draft Act on the Supreme Court ( August 30, 2017) and to the Draft Amendments to the Act on the National Council of the Judiciary (May 5, 2017). Both pieces of legislation undermine judges’ independence, threaten judicial integrity and provoked fiery demonstrations all over the country. Scholars, international organizations, NGOs and the US State Department voiced serious concerns. Moreover, Polish president Andrzej Duda decided to veto these two bills. The European Commission made it clear that if the situation did not change, and especially if Poland started firing the Supreme Court judges, it would move to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the EU. For a thorough legal analysis,see the two OSCE-ODIHR Opinions available here: