Chair of Constitutional Law & Poznań Human Rights Centre Adam Mickiewicz University
Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan is one of the oldest and greatest academic institutions in Poland. Its Faculty of Law and Administration continuously occupies a place among the 3-4 leading schools of law in the country. The Chair of Constitutional Law is the University centre for human rights teaching and research. At present, its main research areas embrace: human rights and constitutional reforms; reform of the UN human rights treaty bodies; democracy and human rights, the Polish Constitution and EU law; access of individuals to the court under EU and Council of Europe law; business and human rights, including the relationship between business and economic, social, and cultural rights; the right to health protection, including the constitutional model of health protection from a human rights perspective, the right to integrity and supported fertilisation, constitutional aspects of transplantations of organs; human rights – security – states of emergency, protection of aliens against arbitrary expulsion. The University has implemented domestic and international research projects, hosted several expert conferences (e.g. in 2010 a seminar of chairpersons of the UN human rights treaty bodies on the reform of these organs), held (for the last 20 years) summer courses on international protection of human rights and minority rights for students, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It also has a strong record of preparing expert and advisory opinions for domestic and external actors, including the Parliament, Ombudsman, Government agencies, European Parliament, Council of Europe, United Nations and Inter-parliamentary Union – for example, in 2011 a study on ‘Supporting ombudsman cooperation in Eastern Partnership countries’ for the European Parliament, and in 2010, participation in a study on ‘Regional systems of human rights protection’ for the European Parliament.
Professional experience in the following areas: academic, diplomacy, international organisations, with the focus on the international and domestic protection of human rights.
In his academic life Director of the Poznan Human Rights Centre, involved in the transformation process as an adviser to the Parliament and its Constitutional Committee, to the Foreign Ministry and to the Polish Ombudsman – particular areas of engagement: constitutional reforms, human rights, and rapprochement to the Council of Europe (1989-1991). After the change of the political system joining the Polish diplomatic service as a senior adviser in the area of human rights to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Subsequently, Minister-Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations in Geneva (1991-1994), and among others: General Rapporteur of the II World Conference on Human Rights (1993), Rapporteur of the 54th session of the Commission on Human Rights, Chairman-Rapporteur of the Drafting Group of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. 1994-2005 – Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, director of the Activities and Programmes Branch and of the Research and Right to Development Branch. In 2008, elected by ECOSOC as a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Jakub Jaraczewski is a researcher, PhD candidate and lecturer at Chair of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland. He graduated with a M.A. in Law from AMU in 2007. His areas of academic interest include: human rights, constitutional law, counterterrorism, international cooperation in human rights protection and NHRIs. Currently he is completing his PhD thesis on relationship between national security, human rights and terrorist threat. He was active as a researcher, advisor and trainer on behalf of European Parliament, Council of Europe, Polish Commissioner for Civil Rights (ombudsman) and Polish Academy of Sciences. Apart from academic and university work, he has experience in legal practice, judiciary and NGO activities.
Researcher. PhD in Law (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, 2013). Lecturer at the Constitutional Law Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University. Her research focuses on judicial protection of individuals by the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as interactions between the EU and the Council of Europe and application of the EU law by national courts of Member States. Between 2008-2009 she was a clerk at the administrative court.
Grazyna Baranowska is a researcher in the Poznań Human Rights Centre of the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where she also works on a doctoral thesis concerning enforced disappearances in Europe. She graduate with a M.A. from the AMU Faculty of Law in 2009 and Faculty of Modern Languages (Turkish Language) in 2011. Her main fields of academic research are the universal system of human rights protection, enforced disappearances and human rights in Turkey. She completed a five months fellowship program (Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium) at the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Parliament.
Anna Połczyńska is a junior researcher at the Poznań Human Rights Centre of the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Ph. D. candidate at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her main field of research are constitutional law and UN mechanisms of human rights protection. She is graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her prior experience includes working in a law firm and a university’s legal department.
Filip Balcerzak – LL.M. (University of Ottawa, 2011). Admitted to the bar in Madrid. Practicing lawyer in Poland under the European directives. Ph.D. candidate at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. His academic activity focuses on interrelations between international investment arbitration and human rights.