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Judicial Independence: The Limits of Mutual Trust

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Doughty Street Chambers

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The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has described the extension of ministerial control over the judiciary in Poland as “wrong and dangerous”. The Irish High Court referred to these changes as having a chilling effect on judges in Poland and has proposed a reference to the CJEU on the ground that the common value of the rule of law set has been breached. Threats to judicial independence are not, however, confined to Poland; the risk of unfair trials where the judiciary is not truly independent has been identified in extradition requests from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania and Hungary – all members of the Council of Europe and signatories to the Convention. The spotlight on Poland, however, provides a timely reminder of the importance of an effective judiciary to extradition relations, and justifies a closer examination of the limits of mutual trust.

The members of the Extradition Team at Doughty Street Chambers invite you to join them to hear from a distinguished guest speaker, and from two new colleagues who have recently joined Chambers.

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Geoffrey Robertson QC

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Sir Konrad Schiemann practised as a barrister from 1964, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, a High Court Judge in 1986 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1995. He was a judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union between 2004 and 2012. He will give his views on current challenges to judicial independence within the EU.

Mikołaj Pietrzak is a partner at the Pietrzak Sidor and Partners Law firm based in Warsaw. He is a member of the Warsaw Bar Association and the Dean of the District Bar Council in Warsaw. He was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of the five members of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Mikołaj will be joining us via video link from Warsaw and will discuss the undermining of the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

Our excellent new colleagues Amelia Nice and Peter Caldwell will discuss how threats to judicial independence may be addressed in extradition proceedings by reference to Article 6 in the following aspects:

Separation of Powers
Judicial Appointment
Securing of tenure
Accountability and Discipline of judges
Political influence
Corruption


We hope you will be able to stay after the talks to enjoy some drinks and food, and networking with colleagues from other firms. We'll also be using the occasion to celebrate Amelia's and Peter's arrival and to show you our newly refurbished events spaces.

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