MEDEL sent a letter to the EU authorities, supporting the position of the Polish judicial associations.

Your Excellencies, MEDEL fully supports the position of the Polish judicial associations: Iustitia, Themis, Pro Familia, Association of Judges of Family Courts and Association of Judges of Administrative Courts expressed in the letter of 24 February 2022.

For over 6 years, Polish judges, supported by the civil society, fight to uphold basic European values and instruments: the Rule of Law, the right to an independent court, European Convention of Human Rights and Charter of Fundamental Rights. They continue this fight regardless a wide range of repression they face: disciplinary proceedings, suspension in duties, revoking part of salaries, propaganda machine in state media. Independent judges in Poland proved themselves to be true Europeans and constitute the basic obstacle to authoritarian aspirations of Polish government and to the government’s desire to leave the European Union.

Turning a blind eye to the demolition of the Polish judiciary by accepting that any legislative project presented currently by the Polish executive (President of Poland or one of the ruling parties) fulfils the criteria of “money for Rule of Law” mechanism, will contribute, sooner or later, to the disintegration of the European Union. This will happen, since one of the Member States will be deprived of effective judicial control (also with respect to controlling expenditure of EU funds) and part of European Union citizens and businesses living and operating in Poland will lose their right to a court established by law.

Let the difficult situation in Ukraine and the whole of Europe not distract the European Commission in its determination to stand as guardian of the European Treaties. Recent days show clearly what happens when violation of Human Rights and Rule of Law are treated too indulgently. It is exactly at this moment when European Union must show its allegiance to its core values. Otherwise it faces disintegration.

MEDEL calls on the European Commission to be consistent in demanding compliance with the rule of law from Polish authorities, which so far could be ensured only by the draft adopted within the Agreement for the Rule of Law.

Yours Sincerely,

(President of MEDEL – Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés)

EC Transparency Registry nr. 981119221130-18

March 04th, 2022.

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“(…) There’s no poetry about war

just decomposition

only letters remain

and they all make a single sound — rrr (…)”

LYUBA YAKIMCHUK, “Decomposition”, in Apricots of Donbas

(Translation: Oksana Maksymchuk / Max Rosochinsky)

The dark clouds of war that everyone thought were forever gone are once again blackening the skies of Europe.

The Russian military intervention against Ukraine breaches the fundamental principles of international law: non-interference in the internal affairs of states; territorial integrity and sovereignty; prohibition of the use of armed force in international relations.


A portuguese radio station made a special piece about one of our Turkish colleagues that had to escape in a migrant boat and is now in exile.

You may find it here (in Portuguese):


Une station de radio portugaise a fait un reportage sur un de nos collègues turcs qui a dû s'enfuir dans un bateau de migrants et qui est maintenant en exil.

Vous pouvez le trouver ici (en portugais) :




MEDEL rend hommage à Mireille Delmas Marty, dont l'œuvre a été l'une des inspirations de nos fondateurs. MEDEL maintient l'engagement de promouvoir les "forces imaginantes du droit" qui s'opposent à la raison du plus fort.
MEDEL pays tribute to Mireille Delmas Marty, whose work has been one of the inspirations of our founders. MEDEL keeps the commitment to promote the "visionary forces of law" that oppose matter-of-fact forces.

MEDEL is sponsoring the petition "The EU must not become a lawless zone"MEDEL is sponsoring the petition "The EU must not become a lawless zone", regarding the situation of migrants in the Polish-Belarus border.

The EU’s very future is playing out today in the Białowieża Forest. We call on the Council of the European Union to renounce the legalisation of the derogations from treaties that require Member States of the EU to protect human rights.

We call on the European Union to lead with a humane response to the humanitarian crisis that is playing out on the borders with Belarus, and for immediate actions to be taken to protect vulnerable individuals and to respect the right of asylum.


Despite the series of judgments delivered both by the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, explicitly condemning systematic undermining of judicial independence by politicians, we are witnessing another outrageous attack of Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro against a Polish judge.

Zbigniew Ziobro (who is at the same time Prosecutor General) ordered an immediate stop of professional activities of Joanna Hetnarowicz‑Sikora, a member of the board of Iustitia.

The suspension has been executed in an unprecedented way, the decision was delivered while she was performing her judicial duties in a courtroom.


The speech of Filipe Marques, President of MEDEL, at the conference "L'Avocat : Acteur d'une Justice qui protège par le droit", held today in Paris, under the French Presidency of the EU. 

Lawyers: Key Players in Ensuring Effective Legal Protection in Europe

The Bar Association of Paris, in the context of the French Presidency of the EU, will be organising next Thursday, February 10, the conference "Lawyers: Key Players in Ensuring Effective Legal Protection in Europe".

MEDEL will be taking part in the conference - Filipe Marques will be a speaker in the pannel "The EU Protecting the Independence of Legal Practitioners".

You may find the program in English and French here.

Murat Arslan

Murat Arslan, the President of YARSAV, has written this letter to the President of MEDEL, from the Sincan prision, where he is unlawfully arrested since October 2016:

My very precious friend, the dangers to peace, the protection and enjoying of human rights, the understanding and practice of the rule of law directly harm human and natural life not only in Turkey but also in many countries of the world, including some western countries.

The call for peace, the struggle for the protection of human rights and access to a fair trial have never been more sought.

Unfortunately, the viewpoints of state powers other than the judiciary are more interest-oriented. On the other hand, we witness and live with sadness how the judiciary is instrumentalized and put into the service of the governments in some countries.

Program Conf Estado de Direito


The Católica | Lisbon School of Law of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) and MEDEL - Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés organised the international conference "Rule of Law in Europe", on 9 and 10 December 2021 at the Lisbon Campus of UCP.

You can download the programme (EN) HERE
You can download the programme (PT) HERE

The conference was live brodcasted by Justiça TV and all the videos are also available on Justiça TV website 
Below you can watch all the speeches and debates that took place during the conference:

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