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Professor of Jurisprudence, who for many years was a scholarships holder and a lecturer at German, British, American and Australian universities. The author of the following books: The Re-emergence of Civil Society in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (1991), Contractarianism versus Holism: Reinterpreting Locke’s Two Treatises of Government (1995), From Communism to Liberalism: Essays on the Individual and Civil Society (1998), “Liberalism. Zarys myśli politycznej XIX i XX wieku” (2000) (Liberalism. The Outline of Political Thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries), Forgotten Freedom: In Search of the Historical Foundation of Liberalism (2004). The first Polish edition of John Locke’s Two Treaties on Government (1992) was translated and furnished with an introduction and a comment by Professor Rau. He also prepared the anthology of classical texts on moral education entitled “Księga Cnót” (2006) (The Book of Virtues). Member of the Sixth Term Senate and Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).



Sociologist and political scientist. Graduate from the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Warsaw. In 1971 she defended doctoral dissertation entitled Pathologies of Organizational Structures at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She was honored with the Stanisław Ossowski Prize for the best doctoral dissertation of the year. In 1978 she prepared her habilitation thesis entitled Antinomies of Organizations in the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Warsaw. In 1992 she was awarded the title of Professor. In 2004 Staniszkis received the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science (Polish Nobel Prize) for her books on Post-Communism and the power of globalization. Her book Poland’s Self-limiting Revolution (Princeton 1986) has attracted international publicity.



Lawyer, philosopher and political scientist. Professor at the University of Warsaw and the European University Institute in Florence.

In 1972 Professor Sadurski graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. Two years later he obtained a Diploma from Collège Universitaire d’Études Fédéralistes in Aosta. Between 1975 and 1976 he attended postgraduate studies at the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales (IEHEI) in Nice. In 1977 Professor Sadurski defended his doctoral dissertation on Neoliberalism and was awarded a degree of Doctor of Laws (for the said dissertation he received the award from “Państwo i Prawo” magazine). In 1992, in the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw he obtained a degree of Habilitated Doctor (doktor habilitowany) in political science. On the 30th of June 2008 he was awarded the title of Professor of Jurisprudence.



Lawyer and researcher in political and legal thought. Since 2001 he has been working in the Department of Legal and Political Doctrines in the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Łódź. Professor Chmieliński is also the co-founder of The Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought, the co-founder and Management Board member of the Polish Society of Political Thought, and a Subject Editor of Folia Iuriscia magazine. As a researcher he is interested in the subject matter of legitimacy of public institutions (state, law and authority), questions of freedom, ownership, social justice, self-organization of the collectivity and public choice theories, as well as the issues of cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan law. He specializes in contemporary German thought and political and legal doctrines of classical liberalism, libertinism and individualist anarchism. The author of numerous articles, two monographs: “Atomizm a indywidualizm. Rozważania nad myślą polityczną i prawną Wilhelma von Humboldta” (2004) (Atomism contra Individualism. Reflection on Wilhelm von Humboldt’s Political and Legal Thought) and “Max Stirner. Jednostka, społeczeństwo, państwo” (2006) (Max Stirner. The Individual, Society and State), two multimedia textbooks: “Historia myśli politycznej” (2005) (The History of Political Thought) and “Prawo gospodarcze” (2006, with Tomasz Tulejski) (Economic Law). Co-author and co-editor of the work “Umowa społeczna i jej krytycy w myśli politycznej i prawnej” (2010, with Zbigniew Rau) (Social Contract and its Critics within Political and Legal Thought).



The subject of his scientific interest is the output of Polish conservative thought, 20th-century French political doctrines, as well as theoretical aspects of executive power efficiency. He published “Dobry i sprawny rząd” (1997) (Good and Efficient Government), “Żywotność konserwatyzmu. Idee polityczne Adolfa Bocheńskiego” (2005) (Longevity of Conservatism. Adolf Bocheński’s Political Ideas). Doctor Ujazdowski also prepared an anthology of pre-war texts by Stefan Kisielewski Kisiel “Przedwojenna publicystyka” (2001) (Pre-war Opinion Journalism), and a selection of Adolf Bocheński’s articles on Ukrainian matter “Zanim powstała Kultura” (2006) (Before the Beginnings of ‘Kultura’ Magazine). He also prepared an anthology “V Republika Francuska. Idee, konstytucja, interpretacje” (2010) (The Fifth French Republic. Ideas, Constitution, Interpretations). In the 80’ he was a member of the opposition organization called Young Poland Movement (Ruch Młodej Polski). Deputy to the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Term Sejm. Between 2004 and 2005 he was a Deputy Marshal of the Sejm. He twice held the post of Minister for Culture and National Heritage (2000- 2001 and 2005-2007) www.ujazdowski.pl



Professor of Sociology. Member of the Institute of Political Studies of the PAS, Polish Sociological Association, Poznań Society of Friends of Learning, Sociology Committee of Polish Academy of Sciences (Komitet Sociologii PAN), National Library of Poland. Co-editor of “Kroniki Miasta Poznania”(Annals of Poznań City). He holds the position of Vice Chairman of The Polish Sociological Association. From 1996 to 2005 he served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of France in Poznań. Co-editor of “Przegląd Socjologiczny” (Sociological Review) (since 1991) and “Studia Socjologiczne” (Sociological Studies). From 1990 to 1993 he served as expert for the Ministry of National Education and in 1992 in the European Commission in Brussels. Deputy Marshal of the Sixth and Seventh Term Senate.  www.marekziolkowski.pl

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