Wiktor Osiatynski

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Wiktor Osiatynski, born 1945, holds degrees in law and sociology from Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 1995, as a University Professor at the Central European University Osiatynski teaches at the CEU Legal Program in Budapest, and is also a counsel to the Open Society Foundation. Between 1991 and 1997, Osiatynski was co-director of the Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe at the Chicago Law School. Between 1991 and 2001, he was a recurrent visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Since 2002, Osiatynski has been involved in the development of a multi-disciplinary center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. He also teaches at the Human Rights Master Program at the University of Siena, Italy.

The main subject of Osiatynski's scholarly interests has been the comparative study of individual rights and constitutionalism. He has written 20 books in Polish, a majority of them about the comparative history of social and political thought. Osiatynski has taught at the University of Warsaw, Antioch University, UCLA, University of Virginia, Columbia University, Chicago Law School, Harvard Law School, and Stanford University. He has developed a number of standard university syllabi, among others on "Human Rights in Eastern Europe" and "Constitutionalism and Rights in Transition from Communism," "Rights, Responsibilities, and Commitments." Osiatynski teaches a number of post-graduate courses on human rights at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw.
Between 1990 and 1997, Osiatynski was an advisor to a number of Constitutional Committees of the Polish Parliament. He has written extensively on constitutional developments in post-Communist Poland and Eastern Europe. He has been a co-editor of the East European Constitutional Review. In 1997, he wrote a book calling for the adoption of the new Constitution in Poland; in 2000, a definite analysis of the process of constitution-making in Poland after 1989, co-authored by Osiatynski, was published. Recently, his books "The Citizen's Republic" on the transformation from Communism (2004) and “Rehab” (2005) has became national events in Poland. His latest book on theory and history of individual and human rights will be published in September 2009 by Cambridge University Press. Wiktor Osiatynski is a member of the board of the Open Society Budapest and the board of the OSI Justice Initiative as well as a Human Rights and Law and European Union Accession sub-Boards of the OSI. He founded the Commission of Education on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction at the Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw, which he chaired between 1988 and 1995.

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