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Urszula Jaremba

About Urszula Jaremba

Urszula Jaremba is an assistant professor in EU law at the Europa Instituut and has been working at the department of EU law since February 2015. Urszula Jaremba studied international relations and European Studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland and European and international law in Tilburg. In October 2012 she defended her Phd at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where she also worked as an assistant professor in EU law. Her doctoral dissertation concerned the functioning of national courts as decentralized courts of the EU. Currently she is involved in teaching various Bachelor and Master courses in international and EU law and supervising master theses. Next to that, she also conducts research in the area of the application of EU law in Member States of the EU, judicial protection in the EU and the EU internal market. In her research she tries to employ various socio-legal methods in order to illustrate how the law works in practice. Her research interests encompass the following issues: the law of the internal market, direct and indirect taxation in the EU, free movement of capital, judicial protection in the EU, the functioning of the Court of Justice of the European Union, enforcement of EU competition law, socio-legal studies and methodology, gender studies and legal consciousness.

Enforcement of European Union values: how should the EU respond to the recent threat to democracy in Poland?

Polish and EU flagLet’s admit it, things are going wrong in Poland and it can be said that democracy is seriously under threat in the European Union’s sixth-largest Member State. On 23 December 2015, the Sejm – the lower house of the Polish Parliament – passed a highly controversial law, which reorganizes the Constitutional Court. A few days later Andrzej Duda – the president of the country since August 2015 – signed the bill into law. The signing took place after a few weeks of a contentious constitutional crisis and despite of the domestic public outcry, large street demonstrations, concerns from the European Commission and the members of the European Parliament and international criticism. Continue reading