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Max Weber Fellow 2019-2020 & 2020-2021

Email: [email protected]
Tel: (+39)-055-4685-461 (ext: 2461)
Office: BF 235

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

Departmental affiliation: Law

Mentor: Gábor Halmai


Michał Ziółkowski graduated from Warsaw University with a degree in law (2009) and completed his PhD at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2017). He also served as a judge's legal assistant at the Office of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland (2008–2016). He is the managing editor of Państwo i Prawo, one of the oldest law journals in Poland.

His research is in the fields of Polish constitutional law, comparative judicial review and transformations of constitutional orders.

Michał’s doctoral project, ‘Liability for damages for unlawful actions of public authorities under the Polish Constitution’, explored the theoretical and dogmatic background of the Polish constitutional provisions on the state’s liability for human rights violations. The principal aim of his thesis was to examine and identify the reasons, conditions and results of the evolution of the constitutional interpretation in a field of state’s liability. He also presented an alternative interpretation of the relevant Polish constitutional provisions.

At the EUI, Michał will be working on his new project, focused on the constitutional theories that allow restoring the rule of law in Poland and Hungary after the tribunals and courts had been unconstitutionally captured and composed with a serious violation of constitutional provisions. He will be exploring the prospects of the doctrine of EU-related constitutional unamendability in order to find the answer to the question: who will be the arbiter of the unconstitutional constitutional changes when the constitutional arbiter herself is unconstitutional?

Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers

Michał has experience leading courses on comparative and Polish constitutional law as an assistant professor at the Kozminski University in Warsaw.

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