National Conference and Training


Being a lawyer in times of constitutional reckoning


18 - 20 May 2022

University of Gdańsk

Faculty of Law and Administration









The TRust, Independence, Impartiality and Accountability of judges and arbitrators safeguarding the rule of Law under the EU Charter (TRIIAL) project is a DG Justice supported project that provides training activities and tools for judges, lawyers, arbitrators and other legal professionals in areas of salient importance for the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.


This project is co-funded by the European Union
project no. 853832, JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2018



You will learn through a conference and workshop, including: short lectures and interventions by recognized scholars and practicioners alike, discussion sessions and Q/A (including brainstorming and guided debates) and problem-solving session (case studies and hypotheticals). In advance of the training you will receive training materials (freely available e- learning courses; recorded webinars, and hypotheticals; access to TRIIAL database).

What you gain

At the end of the training you will be issued with a certificate of participation that attests your familiarity with the topics discussed during the training, such as:

develop and use a common training methodology, by sharing perceptions of challenges related to independence and impartiality as well existing best practices across Member States;

acquire: (i) the commonly accepted substantive components of independence and impartiality of legal professionals in general and the judicial profession in particular; (ii) the substantive and procedural safeguards available within the EU

foster and enhance informal networks of professionals sharing a common understanding of EU law and fundamental rights protection standards;

gain knowledge of objective criteria aimed at assessing judicial independence and impartiality.


The selection process aims to identify participants who will effectively and substantially contribute to dissemination of project results. Thus, candidates are expected to have:

A working knowledge of English language.

A general knowledge of and experience in the topics of the conference and workshop would be an asset

Call for applications for judges, prosecutors and attorneys:

The organizers have provided 27 free-of-charge seats for conference and workshop participants. Qualification to the group of 27 aplicants, whose costs of participation in the training will be covered by the organizers, will be determined by the order of applications meeting formal requirements. Applicants are invited to submit their applications from March 18, 2022 to April 20, 2022.

The rest of those who register for the training but are not among the 27 registrants can take part in the workshop by covering their costs of transport and accommodation. These applicants will be informed at the time of application that the pool of free places has been exhausted and they will then be able to make a final decision about their participation in the training. 

For further information or concerns regarding the recruitment process, contact us: 

Application requirements / Streaming


  1. A full CV in English;

  2. A brief motivation letter in English explaining the candidate’s reasons of applying, how he or she would benefit from and contribute to the project. This letter should not merely restate the candidate’s CV.

    Link to participate in the conference on-line:



Arrival and Welcome Dinner

Meridian Molo Restaurant - 6:30 pm

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

Auditorium C


8.45 - 9.00



9.00 - 9.20

Welcome addresses


Professor Piotr Stepnowski

President of the University of Gdańsk


Professor Wojciech Zalewski

Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk 


Professor Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz

University of Gdańsk, TRIIAL


9.20 - 9.55


Professor Mirosław Wyrzykowski

University of Warsaw, Former Judge of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal

"What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?The barbarians are due here today”

Panel One

10.00 – 12.00

Mutual Trust – Judicial Independence – Rule of Law:

First Principles of the European Public Space Revisited

Moderated by Professor Jerzy Zajadło, University of Gdańsk

(Part I)


Professor Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz

University of Gdańsk, TRIIAL

Setting the Scene


Professor Ewa Łętowska

Polish Academy of Sciences, Former Judge of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal

Judicial independence: illusions, pitfalls, and obstacles (or the difficulty of gaining trust)


Professor Bostjan Zalar

Senior High Court Judge, Administrative Court of the Republic of Slovenia, University of Ljubljana

Theoretical underpinnings of the Mutual Trust in the EU law in action:

Pushbacks at the Border between Slovenia and Croatia


10.45 - 11.00

Coffee break


Panel one

Mutual Trust – Judicial Independence – Rule of Law:

First Principles of the European Public Space Revisited

Moderated by Professor Emeritus Zdzisław Brodecki, University of Gdańsk, Triial 

(Part II)


Professor Tomasz Widłak

University of Gdańsk 

Trust as a judicial Virtue


Professor Paul Blokker

University of Bologna

Entrenching the rule of law



11.40 - 12.00


12.00 - 12.15

Coffee break

Panel Two

12.15 - 13.15

First Principles of the European Public Space Defended

Moderated by Professor Adam Wiśniewski, University of Gdańsk


Attorney Magdalena Krzyżanowska - Mierzewska

Former Head of Division, Registry, European Court of Human Rights 

What lessons can be drawn from Poland's experience before the European Court of Human Rights:

Is an individual application an effective instrument of protection of rights in times of constitutional upheaval? 


Professor Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz

University of Gdańsk, TRIIAL

We the Court. We the Judges:

“To ensure that in the interpretation and application of the Treaties the law is observed”


Dr Paweł Filipek

Kraków University of Economics

Judicial independence:

what do we know now from the European Court of Human Rights?


Aleksejs Dimitrovs

Legal Advisor on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament

Looking beyond the courtroom



13.15 - 13.30


Lunch Break

13.30 - 14.15

Panel Three

14.15 - 15.45

Understanding Legal Complex. Hearing the Voices and creating the synergy

Moderated by Professor Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz, University of Gdańsk, TRIIAL

Introducing the legal complex: Lawyers to the rescue?



Judge Dorota Zabłudowska

Gdańsk District Court, Member of the Board of the Polish Association of Judges, JUSTITIA


Professor Maciej Taborowski

Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Former Deputy Ombudsman of the Republic of Poland   

Role and limits of the Polish Ombudsman in ensuring the rule of law  


Attorney Stanisław Drozd

Partner, Wardyński and Partners


Paweł Pik

Regional Prosecutor, Gdańsk, Association of Public Prosecutors, Association of Public Prosecutors Lex Super Omnia


Dr Marcin Michalak

University of Gdańsk, TRIIAL

Academics for the rule of law. How? What? Why?


Evin Dalkilic

Head of the Editing, Verfassungsblog 

Spread the Word: Legal Blogging at the Intersection of the Academia and the Public


Dr Marcin Szwed

Program of Strategic Litigation, Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights,

University of Warsaw

The role of NGOs in the protection of the Rule of Law



15.30 - 16.00


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18.00 - 19.00

Visit to the European Solidarity Center (optional)



Dinner, Restaurant Amber Side

European Solidarity Center 

Welcome by Dr Basil Kerski

Director of the European Solidarity Center   



9.30 – 11.00

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

Auditorium C



Rule of law and mutual trust in my courtroom

Moderated and introduced by Professor Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz, University of Gdańsk, TRIIAL 


Honorable Judge Francesca Fiecconi

Supreme Court of Italy, Coordinator of the European e-Justice program ( e-Justice Unit) and of International Action for human rights ( AIDU Unit) at the Italian Ministry of Justice Professor at the Department of Jurisprudence, Università Statale di Milano


Senior Judge Marc de Werd

Amsterdam Court of Appeal, Professor of Justice Administration, Member of the Consultative Council for European Judges of the Council of Europe



10.30 - 11.00


Coffee break

11.00 - 11.30



11.30 - 14.00

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

Room no 3065

Rule of law - judicial independence - separation of powers

Revisited - Enforced – Defended (in Polish)


Professor Maciej Taborowski

Dr Anna Podolska

Dr Marcin Michalak





For any information on the workshop, or doubts concerning the call for application, please address the person in charge for the TRIIAL Project at the University of Gdańsk Dr Marcin Michalak triial.gdansk2022@ug.edu.pl


The Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Gdańsk has been one of the leading research and education centres in Poland for almost 50 years, ranked in the highest category of faculties of law and administration in Poland. Activity of the Faculty of Law and Administration refers to the centuries-old tradition of teaching law in Gdańsk. There are 137 academics employed at the Faculty of Law and Administration, including 7 professors, 31 associate professors and 56 doctors of judicial science. They conduct their activities within 16 departments, one independent centre and seven institutes. The Faculty of Law and Administration provides rich education offer, which has been taken up almost 4,400 students.

Fields of study

Law Education in the field of Law is carried out within a five-year unified Master’s programme. The unified full-cycle programme is carried out as a full-time, an extra-mural and a part-time course. Graduates of legal studies are granted the professional title of Master of Law and can apply (after the passed entrance examination) or continue their education on post-graduate studies and thrid cycle studies (PhD program). Criminology It is a modern and pioneering interdisciplinary field of study in the whole country and was set up in 2013. Courses are based on the latest achievements in biology, chemistry, political science, philosophy, law and other disciplines. Studies in this field are carried out as a three-years study programme of the first cycle (Bachelor) and a two-year study programme of the second cycle (complementary Master studies). Programmes are carried out as full-time and extra-mural programmes. Law in Administration and Economy It is the inter-faculty field of studies exploiting fully the potential of the Faculty of Law and Administration, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Management. Education is carried out as a five-semester study of the second cycle (Master studies). Taxes and Tax Consulting Taxes and Tax Consulting is a new inter-faculty field of study. It is established as first-cycle programme and second-cycle programme. The objective of this programme is theoretical and practical preparation to carry out the activities of tax consulting, which is also the preparation for the professional qualifying examination in this area.

Administration Studies in this field are carried out as a three-year study programme of the first cycle (Bachelor) and a two-year study programme of the second cycle (complementary Master studies). Both courses are carried out as full-time and extra-mural programmes. During the course of study students get familiar with fundamental disciplines of legal knowledge. Insurance It is interdisciplinary course, which was set up in 2019 by the Faculty of Law and Administration and the Faculty of Management as a full-time programme of the second-cycle. Studies in English Programmes in English supplement a rich and diverse education offer of the University of Gdańsk. European Business Administration is a full-time programme lasting 3 years (3 semesters) after which students will be awarded Bachelor’s degree. European and International Business Law was started in academic year 2017/2018 as the second-cycle extramural programme. The Faculty of Law and Administration offers four-year extra-mural doctoral studies in law in English and in Polish language. The Faculty of Law has intensive cooperation with foreign research and education centres. The Faculty’s academics are engaged in the implementation of prestigious research projects. There are numerous winners of scholarships funded by research institutions with distinctive position on the map of the science world. The Faculty of Law participates and organizes many research events of international character and scope. Postgraduate studies organized by the University of Gdańsk give the possibility of acquiring specialized knowledge about selected issues or legislative solutions referring to different branches of law. The educational offer of the Faculty of Law and Administration includes fourteen courses, for example:

Post-graduate Studies in Taxes and Tax Law,
Post-graduate Studies in the European Union Financial Market Law,
Post-graduate Studies in Company Law,
Post-graduate Studies in Intellectual Property Law and Law of New Technologies,
Post-graduate Studies in Legal Conditions of Running Business Activity.

Foreign law schools
In addition, five Foreign law schools offer unique possibility of learning law of selected states:

British Law School – founded in cooperation with British Law Centre a joint venture between the University of Warsaw, the University of Cambridge and Juris Angliae Scientia, a British educational charity.
American Law School – founded in cooperation with the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
French Law School – founded in cooperation with the Faculty of Law Toulouse Capitol 1 University.
German Law School – founded in cooperation with the Institute of Eastern European Law of the University of Cologne.
Chinese Law School – founded in cooperation with the Chinese University in Beijing: China Youth and Confucius Institute in Gdańsk.
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