October 22, 2021

Professor Emerita Leah Wortham spoke online on October 15, 2021, on Judicial Resistance in the Trump and Post-Election Era at a conference hosted by the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo and the University of Business Administration in Gdynia, Poland. The program, Servants of the law and servants of higher ideals—on judicial resistance when the rule of law is endangered, is the third in a series of conferences in a research project called Judges under Stress—the Breaking Point of Judicial Institutions sponsored by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo.

The conference opened with panels on judicial resistance in Central and Eastern European countries with the first day closing with theoretical perspectives on judicial resistance. Professor Wortham joined speakers focusing on the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union in a panel in Judicial resistance—perspectives from outside Central and Eastern European countries.

With Fryderyk Zoll, Professor Wortham has published a 2019 Fordham International Law Journal article titled, "Judicial Independence and Accountability: Withstanding Political Stress in Poland" and a chapter on "Poland called Weaponizing Judicial Discipline" for a comparative law book on judicial discipline published by Edward Elgar in early 2021. Professor Zoll is on the faculties of Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and the University of Osnabrück in Osnabrück, Germany.

Currently, she and Professor Zoll are reporters for a project on European judicial independence standards, a project of the European Law Institute, an organization founded in 2011 on the model of the American Law Institute.

Since 2003, Professor Wortham has been the Catholic Law Director of the American Law Certificate Program, which Catholic Law teaches at Jagiellonian University, and the LL.M. in American Law, which Catholic Law offers in cooperation with Jagiellonian.