Supervisors from Institute of Law Studies


Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias is an assistant professor at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS). She has held fellowships from Yale, Cambridge and the Hebrew University. Expert of the Council of Europe in the field of anti-discrimination law. He heads the Polish research team in the consortium “Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspective”. Currently, he is leading a research project on “The protection of vulnerable groups in international human rights law", financed by Poland’s National Science Center.


Research interests:

Human rights, legal aspects of counteracting discrimination, freedom of speech.


Major publications:

Gliszczyńska-Grabias A., Belavusau U., (ed.) (2017). Law and memory: Towards legal   governance of history, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Gliszczyńska-Grabias A., Sadurski W. (2015). “Freedom of Religion versus Humane Treatment of Animals: Polish Constitutional Tribunal's Judgment on Permissibility of Religious Slaughter”. European Constitutional Law Review, vol. 11, no. 3, 596-608.

Gliszczyńska-Grabias A. (2016). “Communism equals or versus Nazism? Europe’s unwholesome legacy in Strasbourg”, East European Politics and Societies, vol. 30, no. 1, 74-96.

Celina Nowak is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and postgraduate studies at Université de Paris I – Panthéon – Sorbonne. In 2014-2019 she was a member of the board of directors of the International Association of Penal Law. Since 2016 she has been the director of the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS). She has authored many works in the field of criminal law and led several research projects, including the international project on “Controlling the Illicit Trade of Tobacco in the Era of Fast Change”, financed by PMI Impact, and “Compliance as a Tool to Prevent Corruption” financed by Poland’s National Science Center.


Research interests:

Substantive criminal law, international criminal law, European criminal law.


Major publications:

Nowak C.  (2017). “The  role  of  fiscal  administrative  control  authorities  in  Poland”,  in: Investigating European Fraud in the EU Member States, ed. A. Bernardi, D. Negri, Hart Publishing, Oxford-Portland,  103-118.

Nowak C. (2016). The European Public Prosecutor's Office and National Authorities, Giustizia penale europea t. 4, Wolters Kluwer Int., Milan.

Nowak C. (2013). “The internationalization of the Polish criminal law: how the Polish criminal law changed under the influence of globalization”, Crime Law and Social Change, vol. 59, nr 2, 139-156.

Monika Szwarc is a professor at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS), where since 2018 she has headed the Department of European Law.  She has held fellowships from the van Calker Foundation (2003), European College Natolin (2007), and the Polish Ministry of Higher Education (2009-2011). The author of many works on the judicial application of EU law in the national legal order, EU criminal law, the EU internal market and the protection of fundamental rights. Currently, she is leading the research project “Free movement of services in the cooperation economy model – regulatory challenges in the internal market of the European Union", financed by Poland’s National Science Center (2018-2021).


Research interests:

EU law, judicial cooperation in criminal matters, EU integration and economic law, EU internal market.


Major publications:

Szwarc M. (2020). “Effectiveness of EU law and protection of fundamental rights - in search of balance in the context of the ne bis in idem principle”, Studia Prawnicze, 4 (220), 37–58.

Szwarc M. (2014). “Application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Context of Sanctions Imposed by Member States for Infringements of European Union Law: Comment on Fransson Case”, European Public Law, 2, 229-245.

Szwarc M. (2014). “National Report: Poland”, (w:) Union Citizenship: Development, Impact and Challenges. The XXVI FIDE Congress in Copenhagen, 2014, Congress Publications Vol. 2, 719-744.

Przemysław Saganek is a professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS), where he has worked since 2000. In 2009 he held a scholarship from the Max Planck Institute. His book Unilateral Acts of States in Public International Law won the Manfred Lachs prize for the best monograph on international law. He also led a research project under the same title, financed by Poland’s National Science Center. The Principal Investigator on many projects in the field of international law.


Research interests:

Public international law, EU law.


Major publications:

Saganek P. (2018). “European (dis)integration perspectives: East meets West?”, in: New dynamics in the European integration process - Europe post Brexit.  9th Network Europe Conference, Scotland, 25th – 28th June 2017. ed. T.  Baumgartner, A. Kellerhals Schulthess, Zurich, 79-98.

Saganek P. (2016). Unilateral acts of states in public international law, Queen Mary Studies in International Law, Brill-Nijhof, vol. 22.

Saganek P. (2014). “The eastern partnership: from the perspective of the Polish lawyer”, in: EU Neighbourhood Policy – Survey and Perspectives: 5th Network Europe Conference Jerusalem, 20th-23rd October 2013, ed. A. Kellerhals, T. Baumgartner, Europa Institut Zürich t. 151, Schulthess, Zurich, 187-215.

Witold Klaus is a professor at the Institute of Law Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences (ILS PAS) and the Center for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw. He is president of the Association for Legal Intervention. He has held scholarships from the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the US government. He graduated from the Human Rights School of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. In 2008 he was awarded the Social Nobel Prize by the Ashoka Foundation – Innovators for the Public. He has authored many works in the field of criminology, restorative justice, human rights, migration and refugees. Currently, he is the leader of two research projects: “Ensuring the safety and public order as justification of criminalization of migration” and  “Experiences of Poles deported from the UK in the context of criminal justice system involvement”, both financed by Poland’s National Science Center.

Research interests:

Criminology, migrations.

Major publications:

Klaus W., Lévay M., Rzeplińska I., Scheinost M. (2018). “Refugees and asylum seekers in Central European Countries: Reality, politics and the creation of fear in societies”, in: Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education, red. H. Kury, S.Redo, Springer, Cham, 457-494.

Klaus W. (2017). “Security First: The New Right-Wing Government in Poland and its Policy towards Immigrants and Refugees”, Surveillance & Society, nr 15 (3/4), 523-528.

Klaus W., Buczkowski K., Kossowska A., Rzeplińska I. (2012). “Politicians, media, and society’s perception of crime”, in: Crime and transition in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. A. Šelih, A. Završnik, Springer, New York, 37-63.


Karolina Wierczyńska is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences; deputy editor-in-chief of the Polish Yearbook of International Law, ILA member (London branch), Head of a research Centre on International Criminal Law at ILS PAS, vice-president of the Committee on Legal Sciences of PAS in term 2020-2023. 

Research interests: 

International criminal law, ICC, responsibility of states. 

Major publications

Wierczyńska,A. Jakubowski (2020), The Al Mahdi Case: from Punishing Perpetrators to Repairing Cultural Heritage Harm in: Intersections in International Cultural Heritage Law, Anne-Marie Carstens, Elisabeth Varner (eds.), Oxford University Press,  

Wierczyńska,G. Wierczyński (2020), Stefan Glaser: Polish Lawyer, Diplomat and Scholar in: The Dawn of a Discipline International Criminal Justice and Its Early Exponents, Immi Talgren Frederic Megret (eds.), Cambridge University Press,  

Wierczyńska, A. Jakubowski (2017) Individual Responsibility for Deliberate Destruction of Cultural Heritage: Contextualizing the ICC Judgment in the Al-Mahdi Case, Chinese Journal of International Law, vol. 16, issue 4, p. 695-721.