The Section of Criminal Law and Process conducts studies in many fields. The first field of the Section’s research activities is substantive criminal law (both in the Criminal Code and in other enactments of criminal law) and criminal process against the background of judicial and prosecutorial practices.  The second area is studies on the enforcement of penalties and penal measures. The third field is legal and comparative analysis. A further field comprises topics concerning international legal instruments of criminal law. The Section also engages in theme-specific criminology studies, most notably the studies on juvenile crime and responsibility, probation; studies of domestic and foreign research projects investigating the use of diagnostic and forecasting tools, in particular in the context of the phenomenon of re-offending; and the operation of mediation mechanisms in criminal and juvenile justice cases.

The staff of the Section of Criminal Law includes:

Prof. Łukasz Pohl PhD (Habilitated Doctor, Full Professor) – Head of the Section​

Prof. Eleonora Zielińska PhD (Habilitated Doctor, Full Professor)

Prof. Adam Taracha PhD (Habilitated Doctor, Professor of the Institute)

Konrad Buczkowski PhD

Konrad Burdziak PhD

Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk PhD

Michał Jankowski PhD

Marcin Wielec PhD

Paweł Bachmat

Paulina Banaszek


The Section of Civil Law and Process conducts research and analytical studies into the functioning of institutions of substantive and procedural civil law in the jurisprudential practice of common courts. The main areas of the Section’s scientific interest are, in particular, themes related to the jurisdictional powers of common courts, mechanisms of alternative and amicable dispute resolution, evidentiary proceedings, etc. The Section is also involved in studies on claims asserted by employees.

The staff of the Section of Civil Law includes:

Przemysław Sobolewski PhD – Head of the Section

Witold Borysiak PhD

Mateusz Grochowski PhD

Agnieszka Kawałko PhD

Jędrzej Kondek PhD

Dagmara Olczak-Dąbrowska PhD

Piotr Rylski PhD

Paweł Suski

Elżbieta Szczepanowska

Paweł Wadecki


The Section of Family Law studies the functioning of substantive family law institutions and relevant procedural rules in the practice of the justice system. The Section analyses, consults and presents opinions on reforms of family law and reviews the effectiveness of already implemented amendments based on the conclusions of empirical studies. It monitors the need for changes to the applicable law proposed by justice system stakeholders, including family judges and court-appointed family guardians, and determines directions for the reform of the family judicial system. 

The staff of the Section of Family Law includes:

Jerzy Słyk PhD – Head of the Section

Prof. Elżbieta Holewińska-Łapińska PhD (Habilitated Doctor, Professor of the Institute)

Maciej Domański PhD


The Section of Economic Studies of the Justice System conducts economic, statistical and sociological studies on the constitution of the justice system, its individual institutions and their effectiveness. The Section investigates such areas as indicators of the effectiveness of the justice system, the jurisdictional powers of courts and other entities and organisational units, public opinion surveys and surveys of representatives of various professions, and the economic and statistical studies of legal provisions.

The Section is also responsible for the monitoring of the needs and social evaluation of the justice system, its statistical and media image as well as the costs and effects of the system’s operations. The staff of the Section support research projects carried out by other sections of the Institute, providing assistance in the sample selection process, the development of research tools and databases, strategic studies and the assessment of the effects of proposed legal and organisational changes.

The staff of the Section of Economic Studies includes:

Paweł Ostaszewski PhD – Head of the Section​

Prof. Andrzej Siemaszko PhD (Habilitated Doctor, Full Professor)

Marek Marczewski PhD

Justyna Włodarczyk-Madejska



The Section of Fundamental Rights carries out research and analyses on the functioning of legal institutions related to the public and private sphere, including the practice of jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, domestic courts, the ECtHR, the ECJ and the operation of international and European organisations and institutions. Its research is focused on the axiological assumptions of legal institutions, the wording of the basic principles of the Polish legal system, including in the area of human rights and institutions designed to protect human dignity and the autonomy of a family as well as procedural guarantees applicable to these principles in the context of international law. The Section also conducts interdisciplinary research.

The staff of the Section of Fundamental Rights includes:

Piotr Mostowik PhD – Head of the Section of Fundamental Rights

Robert Andrzejczuk PhD

Jolanta Bucińska PhD

The Strategic Studies Centre is concerned with the monitoring and development of medium-and long-term strategies in the justice area; the coordination of partnerships with external experts in this area, including as part of international cooperation; the organisation of conferences, seminars, courses and the implementation of legal education projects. The Law Leaders Study is one of the Centre’s projects.

The staff of the Centre includes:

Michał Rybicki – Head of the Centre

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