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Launch of The Good Lobby Profs

22 March 2021 in Zoom


The Good Lobby is delighted to announce the launch of The Good Lobby Profs, a new “rapid-response” academic network aimed at countering major rule of law violations and abuse of power within and across Europe.


Consisting of 60+ academics from 20+ countries with scholarly expertise on democracy, human rights and the rule of law, The Good Lobby Profs will offer essential expertise to institutions, groups, and citizens engaged in the defence of the principles on which both the Council of Europe and the European Union are founded. You can find more information about The Good Lobby Profs here.


To celebrate the launch of this network, The Good Lobby has convened a panel of experts to discuss the threats to the rule of law in Europe. After the roundtable, there will be an opportunity to ask questions for the press.

If you are interested in joining, please register here.



12:00-12:05: Welcome by Professor Alberto Alemanno, Founder of The Good Lobby

12:05-12:10: “What The Good Lobby Profs is about” by Professor Laurent Pech, co-Director of The Good Lobby Profs

12:10-12:40: Roundtable


Dr Joelle Grogan (Chair, co-Director of The Good Lobby Profs)

Professor Wojciech Sadurski (University of Sydney, member of The Good Lobby Profs)

Márta Pardavi (Hungarian Helsinki Committee)

Judge Igor Tuleya (Criminal Court of Warsaw)

Schona Jolly QC (Equality, Human Rights and International Law Barrister, Cloisters Law)

Ervin Hladnik Milharčič (Slovenian Journalist for Dnevnik)


12:40-13:10: Q&A

13:10-13:15: Concluding remarks by Professors Alemanno and Pech


Press release available here.

Watch the recording of the event here.


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Professor Alberto Alemanno

Alberto Alemanno is the founder of The Good Lobby and Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law at HEC Paris since 2009. He has an extensive career as an academic and public activist. For the last decade, he has devoted his time to the democratisation of the European Union in areas such as public health, consumer rights and food policy as well as legal education reform. He has developed the concept of citizen lobbying to rethink representative democracy in the national and transnational space.

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Professor Laurent Pech

Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law and Head of the Law & Politics Department at Middlesex University London. He is currently a member of the H2020 funded research project on ‘Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law” (RECONNECT). In 2021, he co-founded The Good Lobby Profs with Dr Joelle Grogan.

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Dr Joelle Grogan

Dr Joelle Grogan is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University London. Her research focuses on the rule of law in periods of crisis, and in the European Union. Joelle is part of the H2020-funded RECONNECT project. She convened the 2020 'COVID-19 and States of Emergency' and 2021 'Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic' Symposia, hosted by the Verfassungblog, supported by the RECONNECT project and Democracy Reporting International. In 2021, she co-founded The Good Lobby Profs with Professor Laurent Pech.

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Professor Wojciech Sadurski

Wojciech Sadurski is the Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at The University of Sydney, School of Law, and Professor at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe. He recently published Poland’s Constitutional Breakdown (OUP 2019, Polish edition 2020). He is also a member of the governing bodies of the Helsinki Commission for Human Rights (Polish Branch) and the Institute of Public Affairs (Poland).

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Márta Pardavi

Márta Pardavi is co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a leading human rights NGO in Budapest that works to advance democratic values, the rule of law and a strong civil society, the right to asylum and a fair criminal justice system. Currently on sabbatical leave, Márta is a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute, working on the Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE) project.

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Judge Igor Tuleya

Igor Tuleya is a Polish lawyer and judge at the Circuit Court of Warsaw. On 18 November 2020, the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland, lifted his immunity. He has been suspended from judicial duties and is now facing a penalty of 2 years in prison. Judge Tuleya is an active member of the IUSTITIA Polish Judges Association.


Schona Jolly QC

Schona Jolly QC is Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee and Head of Cloisters Human Rights Practice Group. She is renowned for her work in human rights, equality and employment law, including international law. She works with specialist knowledge on a number of countries, including work on Turkey, Egypt, South Asia and Hong Kong, and has extensive experience in trial monitoring and conducting regular human rights training in projects across the world.

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Ervin Hladnik Milharčič

Ervin Hladnik Milharčič is a staff columnist for the daily newspaper Dnevnik from Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has extensively covered the wars in Yugoslavia in the nineties and worked as a correspondent based in the Middle East, the United States and Eastern Europe.