Wiktor Osiatyński was best known for being a constitutionalist and defender of human rights. Professor Osia tyński was also a writer, activist, feminist and one of the authors of the 1997 Polish Constitution. While his writings were based on solid logic, his radio shows were full of passion and warmth. He was an outstanding educator who helped raise generations of lawyers and human rights activists. He passed away on the 27th of April 2017.
Prof. Osiatyński was a tireless promoter of democratic values, including the rule of law, in Central and Eastern Europe. At the same time, he also believed in equality as a prerequisite for safeguarding these values.
Join us with top experts on the 16th of May in Warsaw to debate Poland’s ongoing spat with the European Commission over the rule of law framework, followed by The Inaugural Wiktor Osiatyński Lecture delivered by Prof. Jan-Werner Müller, an internationally renowned expert on politics and populism.
Rule of law – European Union – Poland
Prof. Ewa Łętowska
Prof. Laurent Pech
Dr. Maciej Taborowski
The Inaugural Wiktor Osiatyński Lecture
Prof. Jan-Werner Müller
Dr. Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Prof. Maciej Kisilowski
Prof. Marcin Matczak
Prof. Monika Płatek
The languages of the conference are Polish and English. We provide simultaneous translation.
Historian and political scientist, politics professor at Princeton University. He was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, the Collegium Budapest Institute of Advanced Study, Collegium Helsinki, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, NYU’s Remarque Institute, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and the European University Institute in Florence. He has taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, the Ludwig Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, the Humboldt Universitaet in Berlin, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-PO) in Paris. He has authored several books, including Constitutional Patriotism (Harvard University Press, 2007), Where Europe ends – Hungary, Brussels, and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Suhrkamp, 2013) and What is populism? (Suhrkamp, 2017), which have been translated into many languages. Prof. Müller has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Guardian, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, El Pais, Foreign Policy, The London Review of Books, and the New York Review of Books, among others.
In the picture: Jan-Werner Müller ⓒ World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)