Rule of law backsliding in the EU: What it is and what must be done about it

Are electoral autocracies and one-party states still a mere theroetical concern or are they posing a clear threat to our common legal framework?

  • Date: 13 SEPTEMBER 2022  from 17:30 to 19:00

  • Event location: In presence and online event

  • Type: Lectures

This lecture will focus on the issue of ‘rule of law backsliding’ in Europe which can be defined as the process through which elected public authorities deliberately implement blueprints designed to systematically weaken, capture and/or annihilate internal checks on power. This process facilitates the establishment of de facto electoral autocracies and one-party states. In the EU, Poland and Hungary have raised particular concens in this respect and they are now both subject to Article 7(1) TEU proceedings. Rule of law backslidingis therefore no longer a theoretical concern but a clear and present danger which risks fatally undermining a common legal framework which the European Court of Justice has described as ‘a structured network of principles, rules and mutually interdependent legal relations linking the EU and its Member States, and its Member States with each other’. Before presenting possible solutions regarding the way forward, an overview of the EU institutionsanswers (or non-answers) to this problem will be offered.


Laurent Christian Pech

Middlesex University London

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