Max Weber Fellow 2019-2020 (Polish Grant)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-435 (ext: 2435)
Office: BF 237

European University Institute
Max Weber Programme
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

Departmental affiliation: Law
Mentor: Martijn Hesselink
Thematic Group: Ideas, Concepts and Theory



Mateusz Grochowski LL.M. (Yale) is a Max Weber Fellow at the EUI (Department of Law), an Affiliated Fellow at the Information Society Project (Yale Law School), and an assistant professor at the Institute of Law Studies (Polish Academy of Sciences).

His research interests encompass theory of contract law, consumer protection, and the impact of new technologies on private law. In these fields he focuses primarily on the creation of norms in online contracting, with particular regard to self-regulation and decentralization of a state’s governance tasks. He has also been working on intersections between contract law and fundamental rights, especially on the role and nature of the principle of proportionality and equal treatment in contracting.

He holds a PhD (cum laude) in private law from the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (with the prize for the best Polish doctoral dissertation in private law).

Before joining the Max Weber Program, Mateusz was a postdoctoral fellow at both the University of Tel Aviv and the University of Wrocław. He is also a Member of the Office of Studies and Analyses of the Supreme Court of Poland. He has received several research fellowships, including the Fox International Fellowship (Yale) and fellowships from the Foundation for Polish Science; the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education; and the National Science Center of Poland.

As a Max Weber Fellow, Mateusz carries out research on non-discrimination and consumer protection schemes developed in the platform economy (with particular regard to the sharing economy and online auction platforms). His current work aims to explore the self-regulatory potential of online platforms, elaborate the relevant analytical framework, and tackle legal and socio-political quandaries of private enterprise as a governor of markets.

Mateusz has worked as both a lecturer and a visiting lecturer in contracts, EU private law, and new technology at universities in Italy, Germany and Poland. He has been also a co-supervisor of PhD dissertations in private law. 

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