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The ARENA lecture 2021: Adam Bodnar

Adam Bodnar, lawyer, human rights activist and former Polish Ombudsman for Citizen Rights, will hold the 2021 ARENA lecture on 11 November.

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Adam Bodnar will discuss Poland’s illiberal turn and rule-of-law battle with the EU. How should Brussels and Oslo push back against Warsaw’s democratic backslide?

Adam Bodnar is a Polish lawyer, professor and human rights activist. In 2015 he was appointed as the Ombudsman for Citizen Rights, where he brought a number of local governments to court for their introduction of LGBT-free zones. He has received the Rafto Memorial Prize for his work on the promotion of fundamental human rights (2018), and the Rule of Law Award from the World Justice Project for his efforts in strengthening the rule of law in difficult circumstances (2019). In April 2021, Bodnar was ousted as Ombudsman by the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland. Bodnar is Associate Professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. 

About the ARENA lecture

The ARENA Lecture is a long-standing tradition at the University of Oslo. In this lecture series, ARENA invites politicians and other influential persons to hold an open lecture on a topic that is both of academic and public interest.

This event requires registration. More information and registration form will follow shortly.


If you have any questions, contact Ragnhild Grønning

Published Sep. 15, 2021 10:09 AM - Last modified Sep. 16, 2021 11:07 AM