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Adam Bodnar Appointed Minister of Justice in Poland

We are thrilled to announce that our Senior Research Fellow Adam Bodnar was appointed Minister of Justice in the new Polish government.

Adam Bodnar graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, and in 2001, he completed LLM studies in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University in Budapest. In 2006, he obtained a doctorate in law, and in 2019, he became a habilitated doctor. In the years 2006–2020 he lectured at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, and from 2019 to 2020 he was a professor at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. Since 2021, he has been the dean of the Faculty of Law at SWPS University. He is a visiting professor at the University of Cologne and a Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute.

He is a member of program and advisory boards of national and international organizations, including: Foundation "Congress of Civic Democratic Movements", World Organization Against Torture, International IDEA, World Justice Project, Civil Liberties Union for Europe. He also founded the "Congress of Civil Rights" Foundation. He held the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland from September 2015 to July 2021.

Observance of the Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Poland, care for human and citizen rights and freedoms, repairing the rule of law, Poland's return to the group of loyal European Union member states, and above all, the prosperity and well-being of Polish women and men - these will be the most important values ​​that will guide us Ministry of Justice,” he said upon taking his office.

Read the op-ed he wrote for our journal, the Review of Democracy here. Watch our event with him here.

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