Researcher, Polish Academy of Studies
Andrzej is a lawyer and art historian focused on cultural heritage law and public international law. He is enlisted among the mediators and consiliators of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to Its Countries of Origin or Its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation.
Affiliated with the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the University of Opole, Andrzej teaches graduate courses on Cultural Heritage, Arts, Ethics, European and International Law. He is a frequent speaker and has published extensively on issues related to cultural heritage law, cultural rights and restitution in both international and European law. He is the author of State Succession in Cultural Property, published by Oxford University Press in 2015, and editor of Cultural Rights as Collective Rights: An International Law Perspective, published by Brill in 2016. Forthcoming publications include a co-edited Commentary on the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT Conventions (Oxford University Press), and a co-edited volume: 15 Years of the UNESCO Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention: Actors, Processes and Impact (Hart-Bloomsbury).
Andrzej has served as an expert and adviser to private and public entities in matters of cultural heritage law and policy, including international governmental and non-governmental organizations. He was Chair of the Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance of the International Law Association (2017-2022); and in 2020 he was reelected as co-convenor of Interest Group of International Law of Cultural of the European Society of International Law. He has also led and participated in a number of research and professional projects on culture, law and policy. From 2015 to 2018, he was Project Leader of the Horizon 2020 JPI Heritage (ERANET) research project “HEURIGHT - The Right to Cultural Heritage in the European Union”, run by an international consortium of six academic institutions from Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom, and he currently leads a research project “Legal Forms of Cultural Heritage Management in Europe: A Comparative Law Perspective”. Andrzej is also involved in the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project.
Andrzej’s educational background includes: Doctorate in Public International Law from EUI 2011 (Ph.D.); Master of Research in European Law from EUI 2007 (M.Res.); Master of Arts in Art History 2005 (M.A.); Master of Arts in Private International Law 2004 (M.A.). He is fluent in Polish, English, Italian, and Spanish.