The 10th Anniversary Italian-Polish Colloquium on Institutional Change was held on 19-21 October in the beautiful Italian region of Puglia - at the headquarters of the Puglia Regional Council in Bari and in the Auditorium of the University of Foggia.
The theme of this year's Colloquium was 'Security and Democracy'.
Among the participating scholars from the law faculties of 10 Italian and 9 Polish universities were representatives of our Faculty, who presented papers on various aspects of the relationship between democracy and security:
Prof. Hanna Suchocka, Chair of the University of Gdansk Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski Department of Social Sciences ("The multi-faceted dimension of security in the light of the principle of the common good in the European system, particularly in the Council of Europe system")
members of the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at our Faculty:
Assoc. Prof. Krzysztof Grajewski ("Legal Security of Citizens in an Era of Constitutional Crisis"),
Assoc. Prof. Anna Rytel-Warzocha ("The state of emergency in the context of illegal immigration in Poland")
Assoc. Prof. Marcin Michał Wiszowaty ("The President as (democratic) guardian of Security - theory, statutory regulations, political practice")
Dr. Agnieszka Gajda ("Freedom of Assembly as a Fundamental Right in a Democratic State")
Ms. Aleksandra Szydzik, MA ("Legal security in the context of extraordinary review of judicial decisions")
Prof. Andrzej Szmyt, former Chair of the Department ("Draft law of 7 April 2022 amending the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of Poland (In connection with Russia's aggression against Ukraine)")
The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Colloquium provided an opportunity to reminisce about the origins and history of this unique and valuable initiative.
Its origins date back to 1982, when two 'Founding Fathers' of the Colloquium met in Rome - Prof. Zbigniew Witkowski - today Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, and Prof. Gian Carlo de Martin of the Luiss School of Law (Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome).
Since then, with only a few interruptions, every two years, alternating between Italy and Poland, Italian and Polish scientists meet to jointly present and discuss various aspects of Constitutional Law and related fields.
In June 2016. The Department of Constitutional Law of our Faculty organised the 6th edition of the Colloquium in Gdansk.
We extend our sincere congratulations to the initiators of this excellent initiative, our sincere thanks and congratulations to the organisers of this year's edition - under the direction of Dr Piero Gambale, and our sincere thanks to the partners and patrons of this year's edition: Luiss Guido Carli, Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rome, Consiglio Regionale della Puglia, Università degli Studi di Foggia, Marquise Janina Umiastowska Foundation of Rome, Fondazione dei Monti Uniti di Foggia, Per il Meglio della Puglia.