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Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Adam Bodnar Appointed Minister of Justice in Poland

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Adam Bodnar Appointed Minister of Justice in Poland

We are proud to announce that, as of December 13, 2023, Professor Adam Bodnar, Dean of the Faculty of Law in Warsaw at SWPS University, has been appointed Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland.

The new Minister of Justice – upholding the Rule of Law and Human Rights

Professor Adam Bodnar, a senator and the former Dean of the Faculty of Law in Warsaw, on December 13, 2023, was sworn as the head of the Ministry of Justice.

While taking office, the new minister said:

During the swearing-in ceremony, I, similarly to other ministers in the Prime Minister Donald Tusk's government, charted the course for the Office of the Minister of Justice. Adherence to the Constitution and other laws of the Republic of Poland, ensuring that human and civic rights and freedoms are protected, restoring 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 Poles – these will be the most important values guiding the Ministry of Justice.

Adam Bodnar, Ph.D. / Associate Professor

Professor Adam Bodnar is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and human rights. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law in Warsaw at SWPS University (July 2021 to December 2023). Previously, he held the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland (2015-2021). He is also a former Vice-President of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights (2010-2015). Throughout his career, he has been working with many NGOs, including Panoptykon Foundation (Chair of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Poland (member of the Program Council), Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and member of the board). Additionally, he was a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at the Batory Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (2014-2015).

Professor Bodnar is a recipient of the 2018 Rafto Prize for his contribution to the protection of human rights and the rule of law in Poland and the 2019 Rule of Law Award granted by the World Justice Project. In 2020, he was awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, Knight Class. The same year he was awarded the Equality Crown by the Campaign Against Homophobia, a public-benefit non-governmental organization with non-profit status working for the equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Poland, and an award from the Janina Paradowska and Jerzy Zimowski Foundation for his social engagement and contribution to the protection of human rights.

We would like to congratulate Professor Adam Bodnar on the new appointment and wish him every success in fulfilling the role of Poland’s Minister of Justice.

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Adam Bodnar
Adam Bodnar
Ph.D. / Associate Professor

Is a lawyer specializing in constitutional law and human rights. He has held the position of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland since September 2015. He is also a former Vice-President of the Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights (2010-2015). Throughout his career, he has been working with many NGOs, including Panoptykon Foundation (Chair of the Foundation Council), ClientEarth Poland (member of the Program Council), Professor Zbigniew Hołda Association (co-founder and member of the board). Additionally, he was a member of the Civic Legislation Forum operating at the Batory Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (2014-2015). Since January 2023, he has been a member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly and Association under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

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