Conference Committe

Prof. Bogusława Bednarczyk - Ph.D. is the Dean of the Department of International Relations and the Director of the Human Rights Center at the A. F. Modrzewski University in Krakow.

Professor Bednarczyk is also is a professor at the Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. Her academic and research interests focus on legal and political aspects of human rights protection and promotion, history of political ideas and international relations. She has published numerous articles on different aspects of human rights in various journals and has spoken on international issues at international conferences through Europe, the USA, Asia and Africa.

Prof. Jerzy Buzek – President of the European Parliament (2009-2012), Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001), professor of Polish Academy of Sciences

Jerzy Buzek was an active member of democratic movements in People's Republic of Poland, one of his functions was a chairman of national general meeting of Solidarity. Since 1997 Jerzy Buzek has been a Professor of technical science and a member of Polish Academy of Sciences; the same year he was appointed Prime Minister of Poland: the first Prime Minister of the 3rd Republic of Poland to serve the full term (till 2001). His cabinet authored and completed four major reforms in Poland (administration division of Poland, reform of the pension system, reform of the educational system, and reform of the medical care system). Becoming MEP in 2004, Buzek played active role as a member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parlimentary Cooperation Commitee and as a delegate for the relations with countries of Central America; he alse served as a rapporteur on the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development. In 2009 he was elected President of the European Parliament, with the greates majority ever (the first person on this position from the former Eastern Block). As President of EP, he spoke of Human Rights as one of the crucial challenges for Europe (together with the economic crisis and European solidarity).

Card. Stanisław Dziwisz– Archbishop of Cracow since 2005, longtime aide to Pope John Paul II.

Having taken Holy Orders in 1963, Stanislaw Dziwisz was appointed chaplain (1966) to the archbishop of Krakow (then Karol Wojtyła). In 1998 he was personally ordained bishop by John Paul II (together with two other bishops) and became a member of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, afterwards acting as Pope's personal secretary. After John Paul II's death (2005) Stanisław Dziwisz was appointed Archbishop of Kraków and raised to the cardinalate (2006). He is a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications,  also a Great Chancellor of John Paul II University in Cracow and a member of Polish Episcopacy Trustees. Cardinal Dziwisz published numerous books on the meaning of human values.

Prof. Karol Musioł – former Rector of the Jagiellonian University.

Karol Musiał is a Professor of Physical Sciences, cooperating with many world universities, especially in Orleans, Washington and Berlin. Serving as a vice-chancellor for Jagiellonian University's development, he was afterwards elected (in 2005) elected as a chancellor (rector) of the University in Cracow and reelected in 2008. Karol Musiał was also vice-President of the Polish Conference of Academic Rectors (2005-2008) and a member of European Research Area Board (2008-2010) – advisory committee for the European Commission; since 2010 he has been a member of Atomium Culture Advisory Board. Prof. Karol Musioł is an active supporter of the research and memorial of the Holocaust tragedy at the University and in Auschwitz, and President of the Board of Trustees of John Paul II Award for Human-Right (the award for defenders of Human Rights, understood in the spirit of John Paul II, also called Auschwitz John Paul II Award for Human-Rights Work).

Prof. Andrzej Rzepliński– incumbent President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal.

Andrzej Rzepliński was an active member of Solidarity, working on the proposals of the law reforms in Poland, and becoming a co-author of the Polish Charter of Human Rights and Freedom (1990) and of the project of Polish Constitution (1993).  He was a secretary of the Helsinki Human Rights Foundation in Poland, a member of many international organizations – amongst those:  Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, OECD Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. He was a judge of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (since 2007) and remains in the office as its President (since 2010). Andrzej Rzepliński also works as a Professor of Law at University of Warsaw, being a Dean of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialization and Director of Human Rights Research Center at University of Warsaw. He authored numerous publications on constitutionalism, history of judicature and criminal law.

Prof. Jerzy Stępień - President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunale (2006-2008).

In 1989 Jerzy Stępień, an active member of the democratic movement, took part in the round table negotiations as legal expert (1989). Between 1989 and 1992 he was a member of Polish Senate, especially working in the Senate Constitutional Commission. Jerzy Stępień co-authored the reforms of public administration and of local self-governance in Poland in 1990s.. Between 1997 and 1999 he served as vice-Minister of the Interior and Administration. Since 1991 he has been lecturing at Center of Local Self-Governance and Local Development at University of Warsaw; he is also a co-founder of Foundation for Local Democration Development. Appointed as a judge of the Polish Constitutional Tribunale, he became its President in 2006 (remained in the office till 2008). Prof. Stępień authored many publications on public administration, constitutional law and modern history.

Prof. Bogdan Szlachta – Dean of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University.

Bogdan Szlachta is a lawyer and a philosopher, is a Professor at Jagiellonian University, lecturing mainly on the history of political and legal doctrines, philosophy of politics and philosophy of law. He is an author of numerous publications and of a few monographs, especially on the Conservatism (he is a pioneer of the research on Conservatism in Poland). As a Dean of the Faculty of Political and International Studies he is developing the Faculty also by stimulating its research and by initiating numerous international conferences and debates.

Prof. Roman Wieruszewski - Professor of Human Rights at the Institute of Legal Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences and Director of the Poznan Human Rights Centre.

Between 1989-92 Roman assisted with development of Polish Constitution as the Polish Parliamentary Constitutional Committee expert. Prof Wieruszewski has extensive international human rights experience. He has participated in monitoring of AI trial in Ukraine (1990), participated in OSCE Human Rights Fact Finding Mission to the Former Yugoslavia (1991-92), was Head of the Former Yugoslavia unit in the UN Centre for Human Rights in Geneva (1992-95) and then the Chief of Mission of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Field Operations in the Former Yugoslavia (1996-98). Roman also was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2002-06) and head of Human Rights Advisory Committee for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently in addition to his teaching at Polish and international universities he is ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights, member of the Polish Refugee Board and of the LGBT Discrimination Advisory Board, OSCE Human Rights Expert and member of many editorial boards.

Prof. Adam Zieliński– former Polish Ombudsman and President of The Supreme Administrative Court of Poland (1982-1992), professor of Law at University of Warsaw.

Working first in the court in Warsaw and in the Ministry of Justice, Adam Zieliński became (in 1982) President of The Supreme Administrative Court of Poland. He was a member of the Council for Legislation (1976-1984 and 1986-1989), assisting the Prime Minister in legislative issues; he was also the counselor of President of People's Republic of Poland (till 1989), a vice-Minister of Justice (1994-1995) and Ombudsman (1996-2000). He is a member of the Institute of Justice, working on the area of harmonization of the Polish law with the international legal standards, particularly those of the European Union; he also lectures as a Professor of Law at University of Warsaw, working in the Institute of Civil Law.

Prof. Andrzej Zoll -  President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (1993-1997) and Polish Ombudsman, Professor of law at the Jagiellonian University

Being Professor of Legal Sciences (1988) and a member of Solidarity, Andrzej Zoll took part in the round table negotiations as legal expert (1989). Since 1994 he heads the Chair of Criminal Law of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, being also a member of the Commitee on Ethics on the Polish Academy of Sciences and of the Department of History and Philosophy of the Polish Academy of Learning, of the Christian Association of Auschwitz Families and a lecturer on Human Rights. He served as President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (1993-1997) and then as Ombudsman (2000-2006). Prof. Zoll is an author of above 200 publications on Philosophy of Law and on Criminal and Constitional Law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of John Paul II Award for Human-Rights Work.