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Faculty of Law and Administration


Specialisation: • Civil Law • Administrative Law • Labour Law • Criminal Law • Theory and Philosophy of Law • History of Polish Law • Constitutional Law • Penitentiary Policies • Sociology of Law • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Contact: Gołębia 24, 31-007 Kraków,



  • Europeanisation of Law. This research is represented by the research project Made in Europe – European Legal Standards for Quality for Services on the Global Competitive Market. Prof. Fryderyk Zoll is the Project Manager, and the collaborating institution is the University of Osnabrück. The research seeks to discover the degree to which differences between Member States' judicial systems concerning service provision create barriers for the development of a joint European market.
  • Naturalization of Law. Interdisciplinary research led by Prof. Jerzy Stelmach that aims to discover whether the achievements of contemporary empirical science (psychology, neurobiology) are significant. If so, then what effect does this have on the legal theory and specific legal institutions?
  • Barriers towards EU citizenship. The All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship (bEUcitizen) research project is conducted by a consortium of twenty-six European universities. It focuses on difficulties EU citizens encounter in exercising their rights, the reasons behind such difficulties, and the measures that should be taken to strengthen the concept of European citizenship.
  • Restorative Justice and Mediation. These studies are implemented within the framework of The 3E Model for a Restorative Justice Strategy in Europe research project, which is coordinated by University of Thessaloniki. The research aims to establish developmental strategy for mediation and other restorative program regulations. Analyses of such regulations in eleven European countries is a measure towards achieving this objective.
  • Comparative Legal Studies. As a part of this theme, the interdisciplinary research project The Creation and Reception of European Law in German and Polish Business Law was carried out at the Faculty under the direction of Prof. Jerzy Pisuliński. Research was conducted within the framework of the European Doctoral College, in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg and the University of Mainz. The twofold objectives of the project were comparative studies of domestic and European law as well as assessment of the Polish law's compliance with the EU law.


Faculty scholars are members of international expert groups in organisations such as the European Labour Law Network, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the international forum for environmental protection of the Avosetta Group, and the Acquis Group.

Regular scientific cooperation takes place between the University of Augsburg (Krakauer- Augsburger Rechtsstudien), Harvard University (Harvard Negotiation Project), the University of Wrocław (The Kraków-Wrocław Scientific Meeting of Administrators), and the University of Greifswald (projects include Mare Balticum – Strafvollzug und die Beachtung der Menschenrechte, Comparative Analysis of Women's Prisons: Current Situation, Demand Analysis, and Best Practice, and Long-term Imprisonment and Human Rights, Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe).

  • Prof. Jerzy Stelmach – Head of the Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics, recipient of honours degrees from Heidelberg University and University of Augsburg, also a philosopher. He completed his doctoral habilitation under the direction of Prof. Kaufmann during a Humboldt scholarship in Germany. He was the dean of the Faculty, founded interdisciplinary scientific research teams, and coordinated pioneering projects, including a study group within a project financed by the John Templeton Foundation. Author of several monographs published in Poland and abroad, editor of collective works (e.g. the series Krakauer-Augsburger Rechtsstudien; Studies in Philosophy of Law). Co-founder of the Foreign Law Schools and the European Doctoral College.
  • Prof. Andrzej Świątkowski – Head of the Department of Labour Law and Social Policy, also a sociologist. He was awarded the title of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Labour Law and Social Security, as granted by the European institutions. Member of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law; Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights; European Commission expert in the field of labour law. Author of numerous publications (thirty books). Editor of publishing series and periodicals (e.g. Jagiellonian University Yearbook of Labour Law and Social Policy; East West Review of Social Policy).
  • Prof. Fryderyk Zoll – professor of the Jagiellonian University and the University of Osnabrück, recipient of an honorary degree from the Ternopil National Economic University. Member of the Civil Law Codification Commission and the Academy of the Comparative Law. Co-founder of the School of Polish and European Law in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Law School in Kraków, and the first Student Legal Aid Clinic in Poland. Author of numerous publications on the law of obligations, comparative law, European privacy laws, bankruptcy law, and loan collateral.

One of the Faculty's successes is the research programme conducted within the framework of the European Doctoral College in 2002-2010, in collaboration between doctoral students of the Jagiellonian University, the University of Heidelberg, and the University of Mainz. It has resulted in more than fifty doctoral theses, some of which were published as a part of the Rechtstransformation in der Europäischen Union series.

Another important scientific achievement of the Faculty is the development of the Słownik Historii Doktryn Politycznych (The Dictionary of Political Thinking History) published from 1997 to 2012; comprises five volumes including 750 entries. This work is edited by lawyers from the Jagiellonian University: Prof. Michał Jaskólski and Prof. Krystyna Chojnicka.

An important contribution of scholars from the Faculty of Law and Administration is the editing of Kraków criminal records from 1554 to 1625 and of the Dobczyce criminal records from 1699 to 1737. This provides a tool for exploring the development of criminal law, the judicial system, and the legal culture. This research project is implemented by employees from the Department of Polish Legal History, the Department of Canon and Religious Law, and the Source Materials Workshop.

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