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COVIDA Student Contribution
A crisis at the heart of the Union: Warsaw, Brussels and the Rule of Law

An article by Francis Javier Dichupa
COVIDA COLLECTIVE / University of Victoria
November 2021


The COVIDA Collective is a team of emerging undergraduate scholars working under CTI mentorship to offer fresh analyses of contemporary global issues. This COVIDA student blog post explores the current conflict between the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and the European Union, dissecting the stakes for both players, and assessing  how the rise of authoritarian politics within EU member states is challenging the democratic character of the European integration project.

British Columbia Office of Human Rights Commissioner & the Cedar Trees Institute

Since the spring of 2020, the Cedar Trees Institute has been in dialogue with the BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC), working to collectively envision more community-centered, relational, and decolonizing approaches to Human Rights Assessments (HRA’s).

This dialogue continues to bear fruit, and we are proud to announce that two of our COVIDA undergraduate students have been hired to conduct further research with BCOHRC.

In addition, CTI members Rebeccah Nelems, Pablo Ouziel and Keith Cherry were invited to co-present CTI’s work on relational and decolonizing HRA’s to the University of Alberta’s conference The Charter at 40: From Isolation to Inclusion: Navigating the Post-COVID World.

Building on this work, Nelems, Ouziel and Cherry are currently developing a paper for the Review of Constitutional Studies, published by the Center for Constitutional Studies. The paper aims to further explore the tension between the liberatory aspirations of human rights codes and their ongoing role in processes of colonization, dispossession, and imperialism. We believe that taking this tension seriously can inform how contemporary human rights organizations conceptualize, operationalize, and measure human rights moving forward.