The values which form the basis for law have a profound impact on modern Europe. This was the topic of the House on the Rock “Axiology of Law for the Europe of Tomorrow” Conference, which saw many prominent researchers engage in discussion in Rome. The event was organised by the Ordo Iuris Institute and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The conference was attended by scholars from different fields, including law, philosophy, ethics and economics, and the line-up included Prof. Chantal Delsol, Prof. Christian Hillgruber, Bishop Artur Miziński, MEP Beata Kempa and Dr Tymoteusz Zych, as well as popular Polish publicists – Paweł Lisicki, Grzegorz Górny and Łukasz Warzecha.
The conference was preceded by a Mass held at St. Peter’s Basilica by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, and was widely covered by Polish and Italian media outlets. The speakers discussed important topics such as the influence of Christianity on the development of law in Europe, the protection of the family by international law and the changing definition of human dignity. Also discussed were methods of effectively protecting human life starting from conception.
The conference ended with a working group discussion concerning issues such as the relationship between the Church and the state. Another topic was the Convention on the Rights of the Family created by the Ordo Iuris Institute, which is an alternative to the gender-based Istanbul Convention.
“The main topic of the conference was the axiology of law, which attempts to identify the connections between law and values. These values must be lasting and have a strong foundation to avoid being instrumentalised and having their meaning perverted. For us, Christian values are the foundation,” says Father Jarosław Krzewicki, one of the speakers and organisers.
Representatives of state authorities, outstanding academics and journalists from Poland and abroad take part in the conference inaugurating the establishment of Collegium Intermarium. The goal of the new university is to create a platform of co-operation between academics from the Intermarium region. Its flagship field of specialisation is law, but it also offers a rich programme of postgraduate study courses.
Collegium Intermarium is the first university registered in Poland after the great reform of the higher education system. Its mission is to build a platform of co-operation between academics from the countries of the Intermarium region. Multilingual study courses will start in October.
Effective life and family protection requires joint actions at an international level. This issue was discussed at the conference on the Geneva Consensus Declaration.
The European Union announced works on a document demanding from Member States to acknowledge foreign adoptions of children by single-sex partnerships. According to EC plans, such provisions could be implemented as a regulation, which would be binding on all EU members. This would be contrary to the national law of several states, including Poland. The Ordo Iuris Institute has drawn up a petition to the EC authorities calling for them to abandon these plans.