Poland’s Approach to International Law
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Publication date: 2020-06-16
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2018;54(1):117–132
The paper addresses the approach of the Polish government to international law since 1918, when the country regained its independence, although focusing primarily on the period after 1989. In its first part, the paper looks back at the statements actually made by Poland’s highest authorities, particularly at the United Nations forum, comprising direct references to international law. The Authors argue that even though Polish government did recognise the role of international law, it was rather inconsistent in having it invoked throughout. In the second part, the paper assesses Poland’s overall credibility in terms of public appeals for compliance with international law, as expressed by its representatives, in the light of the country’s own practice, which the Authors deem inconsistent. Those domains of international law, to which Poland had actually made its appreciable contribution, are well pointed out, though. The third part verifies overall efficacy of the efforts undertaken by the Polish government in promoting its representatives to various international bodies (e.g. International Law Commission, International Court of Justice) entrusted with the task of e.g. identifying and interpreting the norms of international law