UCL Faculty of Laws


The Polish Constitutional Tribunal and the Supremacy of EU Law

02 November 2021, 6:15 pm–7:45 pm

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An event for UCL Laws LLM Student 2020-21

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Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws, is delighted to invite you to an event exclusively for our UCL LLM students from 2020-21.
The event will take place at the UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, on Tuesday 2 November at 18:15.
The event have 80 tickets available for those that can attend in-person and also tickets to attend remotely on zoom if you are no longer based in the UK or unable to join us in person.

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal and the Supremacy of EU Law

On 7 October 2021, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that some parts of EU law are incompatible with and subordinate to the Polish constitution.
In a ruling that has sent shockwaves through the European Union, the judgment directly challenges the supremacy of EU law, a cornerstone principle of European integration since the landmark 1964 Costa v ENEL case.
It is a further escalation of an ongoing confrontation with the European Union institutions. The European Court of Justice had previously held that the sweeping reforms undertaken by the Polish government had undermined the independence of the country’s judiciary, thus violating EU law.
The ruling now not only jeopardises Poland’s future in the European Union, but it also attacks the legal order on which the Union is founded.
This panel discussion, co-organised by the UCL European Institute and the Faculty of Laws, wants to respond to the watershed ruling by exploring the legal and political context in which it was made, make comparative assessments with other rulings, including the German Constitutional Court’s Weiss case of 2020, and consider the likely consequences for European integration.
The event is offered primarily to UCL’s LLM alumni cohort from 2020-21. Most affected by the pandemic, last year’s LLM students will thus have the chance to visit Bentham House, to attend an in-person discussion that responds to exceptionally topical and far-reaching developments EU law, and to engage directly with UCL academic staff.

  • Prof. Piet Eeckhout, Dean UCL Laws
  • Dr. Oliver Gerstenberg, UCL Laws
  • Dr Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute
  • Prof. Ronan McCrea, UCL Laws
  • Dr Magda Raczynska, UCL Laws
LLM Students 2020-21 booking

LLM Students from 2020-21 should have received an email inviation for this event. If you have not received your invitation, please email lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk