The Section of Criminal Law and Process engages in the studies of substantive criminal law and the law of criminal procedure.

The key areas of the Section’s research work include
– studies of substantive criminal law and the criminal procedure against the background of judicial and prosecutorial practices,
– studies of the execution of criminal penalties and penal measures,
– legal and comparative analyses,
– topics concerning international legal instruments of criminal law.

The Section also engages in theme-specific criminology studies, most notably the studies on juvenile crime and responsibility, probation; studies of domestic and foreign research projects investigating the use of diagnostic and forecasting tools, in particular in the context of the phenomenon of re-offending; and the operation of mediation mechanisms in criminal and juvenile justice cases.

The Team of the Section of Criminal Law and Process:

prof. zw. dr hab. Łukasz Pohl, Head of the Section
 prof. zw. dr hab. Eleonora Zielińska
 prof. IWS dr hab. Adam Taracha
 dr Konrad Buczkowski
 dr Konrad Burdziak
 mgr Paweł Bachmat
 mgr Paulina Banaszak
mgr Bartłomiej Oręziak
 mgr Roland Mariusz Szymczykiewicz




The Section of Civil Law and Process conducts research and analytical studies into the functioning of institutions of substantive and procedural civil law in the jurisprudential practice of common courts.

The researchers of the Section of Civil Law and Process focus their academic interests on the following topics:
– jurisdiction of common courts,
– alternative and amicable means of dispute resolution,
– the rules of evidence and evidentiary proceedings, etc.

The Section is also involved in studies on claims asserted by employees.

The Team of the Section of Civil Law and Process:

dr Jędrzej Kondek, Head of the Section
 dr Witold Borysiak
dr Mariusz Grabowski
dr Nikodem Rycko
mgr Kamila Chmiel
mgr Paweł Wadecki




The Section of Family Law studies the functioning of substantive family law institutions and relevant procedural rules in the practice of the justice system.

The areas of research carried out by the Section include the following:
– analysis, consultation and evaluation of proposals for legal changes in family law,
– reviews of the effectiveness of implemented family law measures based on conclusions of empirical studies,
– the monitoring of needs for amendments to the applicable law reported by justice system stakeholders, including family judges and court-appointed family guardians, and determines directions for the reform of the family judicial system.


The Team of the Section of Family Law:
dr Jerzy Słyk – Head of the Section
  hab. Elżbieta Holewińska-Łapińska, the Institute of Justice Professor of Law

 dr Maciej Domański




The Section of Economic Studies of the Justice System conducts economic, statistical and sociological studies on the constitution of the justice system, its individual institutions and their effectiveness.

The Section investigates such areas as
– indicators of the effectiveness of the justice system,
– the jurisdictional powers of courts and other entities and organisational units,
– public opinion surveys and surveys of representatives of various professional groups,
– the economic and statistical studies of legal provisions.

The Section is also responsible for the monitoring of the needs and social evaluation of the justice system, its statistical and media image as well as the costs and effects of the system’s operations. The members of this Section support research projects carried out by other sections of the Institute, providing assistance in the sample selection process, the development of research tools and databases, strategic studies and the assessment of the effects of proposed legal and organisational changes.

The Team of the Section of Economic Studies includes:
dr Paweł Ostaszewski – Head of the Section
 prof. zw. dr hab. Andrzej Siemaszko
 dr Marek Marczewski
 mgr Joanna Klimczak
 mgr Justyna Włodarczyk-Madejska




The Section of Fundamental Rights carries out research and analyses on the functioning of legal institutions related to the public and private sphere, including the practice of jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, domestic courts, the ECtHR, the CJEU and the operation of international and European organisations and institutions.

The research conducted by the Section of Fundamental Rights, including its disciplinary studies, focus on the following areas:
– axiological tenets of legal institutions,
– the content of basic principles of the Polish legal system, including those concerning human rights and institutions designed to protect human dignity and autonomy of the family,
– procedural guarantees applicable to these principles in the context of international law.

The Team of the Section of Fundamental Rights includes:
dr hab. Piotr Mostowik, Head of the Section
dr hab. Marek Bielecki
dr hab. Błażej Kmieciak
dr hab. Bartosz Majchrzak
dr Andrzej Pogłódek
dr Agnieszka Wedeł-Domaradzka




The Strategic Studies Centre engages in the monitoring and development of medium-and long-term projects in the area of justice. The Centre also coordinates work with external, domestic and international, experts in this area, organises conferences, seminars, courses and implements legal education projects.

The Centre has developed a range of projects, including Pracownia Liderów Prawa (Law Leaders Workshops) and the international project Law, economy and technology for the prevention of the causes of crime.