In the second half of September, Dr Michal Krotoszynski undertook ten-day research stay at the University of Toronto. During his visit, Dr Krotoszynski presented a lecture to the staff of the Faculty of Law there – on a topic analogous to his recent stay in Syracuse – and researched the theoretical foundations of transitional justice. The research stay supervisor was Professor David Dyzenhaus.
Dr Michal Krotoszyński presented a lecture to Syracuse University College of Law students last week, “From ‘Legal Impossibilism’ to the Rule of Law Crisis: Transitional Justice and Polish Counter-Constitutionalism.”
Since 2015, Poland’s Law and Justice political party has significantly altered the composition of the Polish Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, and the National Council of Judiciary; and expanded the power of executive branch in relation to the courts. This process – commonly referred to as a period of ‘anti-constitutional populist backsliding’ (Sadurski 2014) – also has a transitional justice dimension. Professor Krotoszynski posits that the cornerstone of this counter-constitutionalism is a myth of ‘legal impossibilism’: a belief in strict constitutional constraints supposedly stopping the parliamentary majority from introducing crucial reforms, including transitional justice measures.
From July 11-24 this year, Wojciech Rzepinski, M.A., stayed as a Visiting Researcher at the Tarello Institute for Legal Philosophy at the University of Genoa (Istituto Tarello per la filosofia del diritto – Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy). The research stay was, among other things, an opportunity to confront W. Rzepinski’s previous research results during meetings with the Institute’s staff and doctoral students. The research visit was planned as part of the project “The inferentialist account of legal fact-finding in legal decision-making process”, funded by the National Science Center under the Prelude 17 grant (No. 2019/33/N/HS5/01418), of which W. Rzepinski is the principal investigator.
The XXX Jubilee World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) “Justice, Community and Freedom” was held in Bucharest (Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University) from July 3 to 8.
As part of the Congress, members of the Department organized two working panels. In the first, organized by Dr. Maciej Dybowski (UAM) and Dr. Verena Klappstein (University of Passau) entitled Languages of the Law: Vocabularies and Uses, the following members of the Department presented their papers: Prof. Marek Smolak (The Vocabulary of the Languages of the Law in the Conventional-Pragmatic Perspective), Dr. Maciej Dybowski (On two kinds of legal concepts), Dr. Mikołaj Hermann (Application and Applicability of Law in Relation to its Validity. Different Meanings. Different Uses) , Dr. Michal Krotoszynski (Street Naming, Speech Acts and the Law), MA Weronika Dzięgielewska (Normativity of Law and the Normative Vocabularies in Law. A Pragmatist Route From Legal Situations to Legal Norms; speech within the realization of the NCN-funded research project – Prelude 20, no. 2021/41/N/HS5/02507) and Wojciech Rzepinski, MA (“Legal practice” as a part of the European Court of Justice’s vocabulary; speech within the realization of the NCN-funded research project – Prelude 17, no. 2019/33/N/HS5/01418). In addition to members of the Department, the panel included presentations by: Ondřej Glogar (Masaryk University in Brno), Francesco Ferraro (University of Milan), Stephen Pethick (University of Kent), Alexandre Hermet (University of Strasbourg) and Ana Van Liedekerke (KU Leuven).
In the second panel Intersections of the Practices: Linguistic, Social, Legal organized by Weronika Dzięgielewska, M.A., and Wojciech Rzepinski, M.A., as part of the realization of the NCN-funded research project Prelude 20, No. 2021/41/N/HS5/02507, the following members of the Department presented their papers: Maciej Dybowski, Ph.D. (Science of law as the pragmatic meta-vocabulary: explaining legal concepts via practices), Michał Wieczorkowski, M.A. (Canons of construction in the legal practice in the light of the skeptical solution), Weronika Dzięgielewska, M.A. (What is practical about law’s normativity (and why it is the other way round)) and Wojciech Rzepiński, M.A. (Attitudes Specific to Legal Practice and How to Find Them? ). Also delivering their papers were: David Sierra Sorockinas (Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana), Cristiano Moita (Research Team “Normativity, Critique, Change” affiliated with the Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and Berlin University of the Arts), Alex Horne (University of Cambrigde), Maciej Próchnicki (Jagiellonian University) and Tomasz Zygmunt (Jagiellonian University).
Dr. Michal Krotoszynski also appeared on the working panel “Philosophy of Human Rights: Questions on Dignity and Social Construction” with a paper entitled Transitional Justice in Light of Theory of Legal Principles.
In turn, Mateusz Grabarczyk, M.A., spoke as part of the work of Working Group 2 with a paper entitled The Role of Judiciary Reform and Judges’ Liability within the Transitional Justice Framework (as part of the realization of a research project funded by NCN – Prelude 20, No. 2021/41/N/HS5/02006).