Mikołaj Pietrzak is a graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration and a holder of the Cambridge University Certificate in English and European Law. Between 2010 and 2016 he was the Chairperson of the Human Rights Council of the Polish Bar Council. As of November 2016 he is the Dean of the Warsaw Bar Council. In 2016, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of the five members of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. He is the Chairperson of this Board as of April 2018. He is the recipient of the Edward Wende award (2014), which recognizes lawyers who dedicate themselves to the fight for justice and defense of the public good.
Mikołaj Pietrzak is a member of a number of international organizations for lawyers including the European Criminal Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers in the United States of America and the Legal Experts Advisory Panel for Fair Trials International. He was a permanent representative of the Polish Bar at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) in the Human Rights Commission and the CCBE Permanent Deputation at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He is a member of the International Criminal Court Bar Association. He is one of the founders of the Prof. Zbigniew Hołda Association, of which he is currently a member of the board of directors. He was the coordinator of the “Human Rights and Settlements with the Past” Programme conducted by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. This programme dealt with the field of protection of human rights and constitutionality of lustration and other legal instruments intended to settle accounts with the past.
Mikołaj Pietrzak talks about the political and social conditions that led to this assault on Poland’s judiciary, the impact it’s had on the Polish people and legal system, and what can be done to defend the rule of law.
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