Marcin Romanowski appointed a Deputy Minister of Justice
On 4 June 2019, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki approved Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro’s request and appointed Marcin Romanowski, Head of the Institute of Justice, as an Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Justice. Marcin Romanowski will be responsible for the cybersecurity of the justice system and the implementation of new technologies in the area of justice.
Marcin Romanowski was born on 20 January 1976 in Skrwilno. He has a doctoral degree in law. Dr Romanowski served as the Head of the Institute of Justice (2016-2019). He also was the Minister of Justice’s Plenipotentiary for IT Reforms and Cybersecurity and Plenipotentiary for the Justice Found.
He finished the General Secondary School in Rypin in 1995 and five years later obtained a graduate degree in law from the Faculty of Law at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. He also has a postgraduate LL.M. (Magister Legum) degree from the University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany (2002). Dr Romanowski was a scholar of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation at the University of Regensburg (2000-2002), University of Greifswald and Humboldt University in Berlin (2004-2005). He defended his doctoral thesis Własność w procesie rozliczeń z komunistyczną przeszłością. Studium teoretycznoprawne na przykładzie Niemiec po 1989 roku (Ownership in the process of settling accounts with the Communist past. A theoretical and legal study using the example of post-1989 Germany) in 2008 at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Dr Romanowski is an assistant professor at the Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration within the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.
He is the author of many publications and academic papers and co-author of monographs devoted to the philosophical perspective of legal anthropology and the theory and practice of re-privatisation. His key academic interests include the law of settling accounts with the past of lawless states, natural law and non-positivist conceptions of law, the theory of global law, legal anthropology and its applications in the creation and application of law.
He served as an expert of the Sejm’s special investigative committee on the Lew Rywin affair (2003-2004) and was an author of the committee’s final report. In 2005-2007 and 2015-2019, Dr Romanowski was an advisor to the Minister of Justice. He actively participated in the preparation of amendments to the Free Legal Aid, Civic Counselling and Legal Education Act, a piece of legislation based on a bill developed in cooperation with the organisation he led, the Institute of Justice.
As the Minister of Justice’s Plenipotentiary for the Justice Found, he oversaw an outreach campaign that led to the engagement of 90% of the potential Fund’s beneficiaries, 40% of which benefited from the Fund’s assistance during the three months of the campaign’s duration.
For many years, Dr Romanowski has also been involved in helping the Polish diaspora in Ukraine; he has initiated and participated in a series of social projects that have a real impact on the improvement of the situation of the Polish minority in and around Lviv.