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July 6 @ 10:00 - 11:30 Wroclaw (CEST)

Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics

Więzienna 8/12
50–118 Wrocław

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Freedom of assembly: facing historical challenges and threats of the present

Freedom of assembly belongs to the constitutional essentials of the democratic states and, as such is taken for granted. The dominant belief accompanies this that assembly freedom`s historical in democracies is quite linear and directed towards its extension (i.e., including women) and securing in institutional guarantees (judicial oversight). However, in our view, there are still long-standing vacuums requiring further research. Conceptual and historical perspectives contribute to a better understanding of the origin and purpose of freedom of assemblies. The panellists will also refer to the conceptual, dogmatic-normative, and practical levels in a post-transformation era in Hungary & Poland, identifying, i.e., known challenges and new threats related to illiberal tendencies and crises such as the global Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, the panellists will attempt to answer whether a practice meets the ideal of freedom and stays within its institutional guaranties.

Chair(s): Anna Tarnowska