Poznan Centre for Human Rights

Odwiedź stronę Poznańskiego Centrum Praw Człowieka

Research areas

The team carries out research dedicated to international standards of human rights protection: the mechanisms of protection and substantive law in the comparative aspect, as well as to the adaptation of the Polish legal system to the requirements set by the international system of human rights protection. A particular subject of interest is the UN system of human rights protection. The research also addresses the system of the Council of Europe, the protection of human rights within the European Union, as well as selected aspects of Polish law. The specific issues explored in the course of individual and team research include: the impact of UN treaty bodies on the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, the rights of memory, hate speech, special procedures of the Human Rights Council, enforced disappearances, instruments for counteracting gender discrimination, violence against women, and reproductive rights.


  1. Research project “Missing persons and enforced disappearances: the international legal obligations of states”, NCN SONATA, 2019/35/D/HS5/03700, Supervisor: Grażyna Baranowska, PhD (2020-2023)
  2. Research project “Responding to sexist hate speech through international human rights law”, Excellence in Legal Research. Promoting Polish achievements in the area of legal sciences abroad (MNSiW Dialog), supervisor: Grażyna Baranowska, PhD, Katarzyna Sękowska-Kozłowska, PhD, Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD
  3. Research project “Protection of vulnerable groups in international human rights law”, NCN OPUS, 2019/33/B/HS5/01634, supervisor: Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD (2019-2021)
  4. Research project “Impact of the universal standard of human rights protection on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. A critical analysis”, NCN OPUS, 2016/21/B/HS5/02057, Supervisor: Prof. Roman Wieruszewski, PhD (2017-2019)
  5. International research project “Memory Laws in European and Comaparative Perspective” (MELA) funded by the European Commission as part of the HERA programme, Supervisor: Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD (2016-2019)
  6. Research project “Enforced Disappearances in Europe. The development of legal standards” NCN Prelude, 2013/N/HS5/04044, supervisor: Grażyna Baranowska, PhD (2013-2016)
  7. Research project “UN human rights protection mechanisms – a systemic analysis”, NCN OPUS, 2012/07/B/HS5/03727, supervisor: Roman Wieruszewski, PhD (2013-2016)
  8. Research project “Commentary to the International Covenant on Personal (Civil) and Political Rights”, NCN NN110 193534, supervisor: Prof. Roman Wieruszewski, PhD (2008-2011)

Awards and scholarships

  1. Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding young researchers in 2020-2023 for Grażyna Baranowska, PhD award of the Director of INP PAN for Katarzyna Sękowska-Kozłowska, PhD (2019)
  2. INP PAN Director’s Award for Dr Grażyna Baranowska (2018, 2019).
  3. START Scholarship for young lawyers of science for outstanding academic achievements awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science to Grażyna Baranowska, PhD (2018, 2019).
  4. The INP PAN Director’s Award to Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD (2017).
  5. The Award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for Outstanding Young Distinguished Researchers in 2015-2018 for Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD.
  6. START Scholarship for young lawyers of science for outstanding academic achievements awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science to Aleksandra Gliszczyńska-Grabias, PhD, in 2012.


  1. Constitutionalism under Stress. Essays in Honour of Wojciech Sadurski, red. U. Belavusau, A. Gliszczyńska-Grabias, Oxford University Press 2020;
  2. A. Hernandez-Połczyńska, Procedury specjalne Rady Praw Człowieka ONZ, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo INP PAN 2019;
  3. Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History, red. Gliszczyńska-Grabias, U. Belavusau, Cambridge 2017;
  4. Mechanizmy ochrony praw człowieka w ramach ONZ. Analiza systemowa, red. R. Wieruszewski, Warszawa: Beck 2017;
  5. O prawach człowieka. Księga jubileuszowa Profesora Romana Wieruszewskiego, red. G. Baranowska, A. Gliszczyńska-Grabias, A. Hernandez-Połczyńska, K. Sękowska-Kozłowska, Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer 2017;
  6. G. Baranowska, Wymuszone zaginięcia w Europie. Kształtowanie się międzynarodowych standardów zapobiegania i egzekwowania odpowiedzialności państw, Warszawa: Beck 2017;
  7. Ochrona praw obywatelek i obywateli Unii Europejskiej. 20 lat – osiągnięcia i wyzwania na przyszłość, red. G. Baranowska, A. Bodnar, A. Gliszczyńska-Grabias, Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer 2014;
  8. A. Gliszczyńska-Grabias, Przeciwdziałanie antysemityzmowi. Instrumenty prawa międzynarodowego, Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer 2014;
  9. Prawa człowieka wobec rozwoju biotechnologii [red.] K. Sękowska-Kozłowska oraz J. Kondrata-Bryzik, Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer 2013;
  10. Międzynarodowy pakt praw obywatelskich (osobistych) i politycznych. Komentarz [red.] R. Wieruszewski, Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer 2012.

International cooperation

The Poznan Human Rights Centre of the INP PAN is a member of the following international academic and educational networks:

  1. Global Campus of Human Rights based in Venice – in cooperation with A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  2. The European Master s Degree in Human Rights & Democratisation (E.MA) – in cooperation with the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  3. Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI)

Course on the international protection of human rights

Since 1992, the Poznan Centre for Human Rights of the Institute of Human Rights of the Polish Academy of Sciences has been organising a ten-day course on the international protection of human rights. The course is addressed mainly to young activists in the field of human rights: lawyers, journalists, researchers, students and employees of non-governmental organisations, both from Poland and abroad. The lecturers of the course include professors from Polish and foreign universities, experts who cooperate with the UN, the Council of Europe and the OSCE. All classes are conducted in English.

Memorial Lectures by Dr Lena Kondratieva-Bryzik

Lena Kondratiewa-Bryzik, PhD, worked as an assistant professor at the Poznań Human Rights Centre of the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her research focused on human rights protection, in particular the protection of women’s rights, protection against discrimination and violence against women, and bioethical issues. She died on 3 March 2012 in a train crash near Szczekociny, while returning from a seminar she was conducting at the Faculty of Law of the Jagiellonian University. Since 2013, the Centre has been organising annual lectures in her memory. So far, the following meetings have been held as part of the series:

  • 2020 – “I am a feminist” – women’s rights in the work of the Ombudsman, open lecture by Adam Bodnar, PhD.
  • 2019 – Conference entitled Human rights and the limits of their legal protection
  • 2018 – Human rights in the practice of law, open lecture by Katarzyna Gajowniczek-Pruszyńska, attorney at law
  • 2017 – Taking Article 18 of the Constitution seriously, open lecture by Professor Ewa Łętowska
  • 2016 – The concept of sexual autonomy in criminal law, lecture by Prof. Monika Płatek as part of the National Scientific Conference “Women in Law”
  • 2015 – The right to death and the ethics of dying, open lecture by Prof. Zbigniew Szawarski
  • 2014 – On the timeliness of the slogan “women’s rights are human rights”, open lecture by Barbara Limanowska
  • 2013 – Promoting women’s rights in Poland and Russia – a Polish-Russian Seminar in memory of Lena Kondratiewa-Bryzik

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