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The Significance of the Constitution of 3 May 1791


On 5 May, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the UK, and the Research Centre for Polish-Lithuanian Studies at the University of Aberdeen will host a virtual seminar dedicated to the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of 3 May 1791.

The Significance of the Constitution of 3 May 1791

The adoption of the Constitution of 3 May 1791 was a milestone not only in the statehood of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth but also in history, constitutional law and international relations. It is widely considered to be the first modern constitution in Europe and one of the world’s greatest documents of freedom. Adopted by the votes of the Lithuanian and Polish nobility, the 3 May Constitution is as precious to the Lithuanian and Polish people as Magna Carta is to the British.

The panellists include Prof Robert Frost and Prof Karin Friedrich from the University of Aberdeen, Dr Jolanta Karpavičienė, a historian and chief adviser to the Lithuanian President and Prof Przemyslaw Zurawski vel Grajewski a historian and advisor to the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. The discussion will be moderated by Dr Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, art and culture historian, one of the most prominent contemporary Lithuanian writers.

“The Significance of the Constitution of 3 May 1791” will take place at 1pm BST on the 5th of May 2021 and will be open to the public via the video-conferencing platform Zoom.

For more information about the event please visit the following website: