Sujit Choudhry On Poland And The Deterioration Of Their Constitutional Democracy

Over many years, Sujit Choudhry has established himself as one of the premiere experts in the field of constitutional democracies. As such, he is always watching different events all over the world. One area of great current concern to him would be the events in Poland. In 2015, he took note of the Law and Justice party of Poland, and how they took control of Poland’s parliament.

The party, which is known by its Polish initials PiS, is a nationalist and populist left and right-wing ideology that has literally taken the country by storm and not in a good way. Since this party has taken power, the current government has used a number of heavy-handed tactics in order to remain in power and exert their authority.

Choudhry goes into great detail over this, and one of the areas of concern would be that constitutional democracy is undermined by this court through the Polish constitutional courts, up to and including a whole host of new rules regarding the selection of constitution panels (chronicleweek.com). This was of course the first step to steering the Polish government into this party’s unseemly favor.

Secondly, they also influenced voting and the assignment of judges to cases along with the appointment of an interim president that was favorable to their goals. All of these things were areas where they claimed it was strictly just “technical”, however this party of course had ulterior motives.

Sujit Choudhry believes that all of these are devious baby steps. Instead of angry marching in the streets and a violent overthrow, these steps are more ominous, like storm clouds gathering on the horizon. Simply put, this is a “quiet overthrow” of the previous constitution democracy that Poland had in place. It is Sujit Choudhry’s suggestion that this situation is watched extremely closely.

There is no question that Sujit Choudhry is supremely qualified to discuss these matters. He has served as an adviser to many different overseas dignitaries and diplomats and strategized with them on the best ways to maintain constitution democracies. He has become particularly skilled at engaging diplomats and also is proud to be currently serving on the United Nations Mediation Roster.  More on constitutionaltransitions.org.

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