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Beyond the Law : Legal Assessment of the Polish State’a Activities in Response to the Humanitarian Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian Border


We  are pleasure present to you a study, edited by Prof. dr habil. Witold Klaus, which is a legal commentary to the dramatic events that have been taking place on the Polish–Belarusian border since August 2021. The humanitarian crisis unfolding there, or in fact the Polish government’s response to it, not only does it raisemany moral but also legal questions.The publication is the product of collaboration between two research centres operating at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences: the Migration Law Research Centre and the Centre for Research on International Criminal Law. The authors represent various research institutions, although most of them are active members of one of the PAS centres. In this publication, the authors attempt to answer the most important of the latter. This selection of issues comes from questions and doubts appearing in press materials, and also from requests made by people helping on the border and acting as part of the Grupa Granica organisation.


As you will see, the issues we address in this publication cover many different areas of law, which often overlap. They concern migration law, constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, humanitarian law, international law and human rights law. This required assembling an expert team of authors who would be capable of providing answers to these questions – answers that are often far from obvious. We have tried to make sure that this study has mainly a practical value. For this reason, our goal was to offer concise and detailed answers to the questions and doubts which have been raised. The articles we are offering to readers are based on the academic expertise of the authors, but we have tried to use relatively clear language and not to cloak our argumentation in convoluted legalese. I hope that we have succeeded in doing so and that this publication will be of use to a wide range of readers who would like to understand how to evaluate the actions of those in power from a legal point of view.


We encourage you to read. Both language versions of the Report have been published under the CC-BY-ND open access license in the repository of ILS PAS e-Biblioteka Prawnicza.

English language version

Polish language version

 
Table of contents:

Editor: Witold Klaus

Review: prof. dr hab. Irena Rzeplińska

Serie: ILS PAS’s Reports

Year of publication: 2022

ISBN: 978-83-66300-68-2

Format: ebook: pdf OA