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Is the rule of law too vague a notion to be monitored and enforced by the EU against backsliding Member States?

Date: 30 January 2020

Time: 18:00 - 20:00 (registration from 17:30)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

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Event Details

The rule of law is considered as a driver of legitimacy in the EU and the Member States. However, its specific meaning and scope continue to be debated by scholars but also increasingly contested by officials from countries where the rule of law is often said to be under threat.

The event will address questions such as:

  • Is the rule of law a meaningless or too vague a concept?
  • Can the rule of law be said to be a principle common to the EU Member States?
  •  What are the tools that the EU has and can effectively use to monitor and enforce respect of the ROL in the Member States?


Murray Hunt, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law


  • Prof. Paul Craig, University of Oxford
  • Judith Sargentini, Former member of the European Parliament (and rapporteur inter alia of the Article 7(1) TEU report in respect of Hungary) 
  • Dr. Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland


Join in the conversation @BIICL #ruleoflaw

 Pricing and Registration

This event is free to attend, however advance online registration is required.   

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no 770142.


CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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