Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem

Counterpublics of Polish Constitutionalism Illustrated with the Example of Women’s Rights

Kocemba, Karolina

University of Wroclaw

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The article discusses the issue of the place and presence of women in the public sphere, and tries to answer the question of how these matters are impacted by the institution of the Constitutional Tribunal. Applying the method of discourse analysis, I have examined the Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s decisions and looked into the media discussion, with both revealing dominant trends regarding women’s rights in Polish constitutionalism. Using the category of counterpublics, I also cover emancipation movements important on account of women’s rights and their presence in the public domain. I also address the common myths concerning the Constitutional Tribunal. There are also mentions of room for the materialisation of emancipation processes in Polish constitutionalism.


Journal Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne studia nad prawem 
Volume 11 
Issue 1 
Issue date 3/2019 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 83–105
DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.276
ISSN 2080-1084
eISSN 2450-7938