26 september 2019 r. (Thursday)
Auditorium Maximum UKSW
Hall of Robert Schuman
Wóycickiego 1/3, Warsaw
The year 2019 is especially important when it comes to children’s rights issues. It was exactly thirty years ago that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The importance of this document cannot be underemphasized. On one hand, it is a signpost towards proper relations between adults and children, one that some have yet to discover, even today. On the other, it is a valuable resource that draws attention to the importance of the scopes of responsibility which guarantee children that their rights, including the right to general and special care and proper legal protection, both before and after birth, will be respected - as stated in the Preamble to the Convention.
The contribution of the Polish people to the creation of the “Constitution of the Rights of the Child”, as the Convention is sometimes referred to, is truly difficult to overestimate. Five decades ago, professor Tadeusz Smyczyński of the Centre for Family Law and Children's Rights of the Polish Academy of Sciences was the first person to begin a discussion on the international stage, aimed at drawing the attention of the world to the need of adopting such a document.
The anniversaries mentioned above further motivate us to properly commemorate the creation of the Convention and to consider how this unique document is perceived these days. Especially since we live in truly exceptional times when it comes to the subject of children’s rights. On the one hand, we can feel proud due to the fact that increasingly more institutions and standards aimed at protecting the rights of young people are being established every year. On the other, it is difficult to ignore the significant threats to children's rights, particularly, numerous activities aimed at minimising the role of parents in the unique and much-needed process of raising the new generations.
During our meeting, unquestionable authorities in the field of international law, family law as well as pedagogy and psychology will discuss these issues. The meeting will be attended by Experts from both Poland and abroad. In addition, specialists who will examine the importance of the very idea of children's rights, as well as the invaluable role of parents and family as the basic guarantors of the implementation of these rights will also take part in the discussion.
We invite all researchers whose research work concerns the topic of children’s rights to participate in the meeting. We encourage teachers, educators, psychologists, social workers, sociologists as well as lawyers and clerics to participate as well. During the meeting, we wish to pay special attention not only to the role of children’s rights but also the role of the family as a special environment that protects these rights.
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Fr. prof. dr hab. Mieczysław Ozorowski
Att. Jerzy Kwaśniewski
Prof. Ligia De Jesús Castaldi
ks. prof. dr hab. Stanisław Dziekoński
Agnieszka Wedeł-Domaradzka PhD
Prof. Tadeusz Smyczyński
Grégor Puppnick PhD
Tymoteusz Zych PhD
Fr. prof. dr hab. Władysław Majkowski
Prof. KUL dr hab. Przemysław Czarnek
Fr. prof. dr hab. Adam Skreczko
Justyna Melonowska PhD
Fr. prof. Ladislav Csontos SJ
Sławomir Kowalski PhD
Dr hab. Błażej Kmieciak
Prof. UJ dr hab. Piotr Mostowik
Prof. UAM dr hab. Marek Budajczak
Dragan Dakić PhD
Marcin Stębelski PhD
red. Magdalena Wojtak
Fr. dr hab. Józef Młyński
Prof. US dr hab. Marek Andrzejewski
Ks. prof. dr hab. Stanisław Dziekoński, Rektor UKSW;
Ks. prof. dr hab. Janusz Surzykiewicz, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Inglostadt, Niemcy;
Ks. prof. dr hab. Ladislav Csontos SJ, Trnavska Univerzita w Trnave, Słowacja;
Prof. PhDr. Mária Šmidowá, PhD, Trnavska Univerzita w Trnave, Słowacja;
Ks. prof. dr hab. Mieczysław Ozorowski, UKSW;
Ks. prof. dr hab. Andrzej Najda, UKSW;
Ks. prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Struzik, UKSW;
Ks. prof. dr hab. Władysław Majkowski, Akademia Polonijna
Ks. dr hab. Józef Młyński, UKSW;
Prof. n. med. Władysław Sinkiewicz, UMK;
Prof. nadzw. Ewa Dmoch- Gajzlerska, WUM;
Prof. nadzw. Marek Andrzejewski, US;
Prof. nadzw. Piotr Mostowik, UJ, IWS;
Prof. nadzw. Beata Ecler-Nocoń, UŚ;
Prof. nadzw. Marek Budajczak, UAM;
Dr Tymoteusz Zych, UKSW, Ordo Iuris;
Dr Marcin Olszówka, Uczelnia Łazarskiego, Ordo Iuris;
Dr Błażej Kmieciak, Umed Łódź, Ordo Iuris.
Ks. Professor dr hab. Mieczysław Ozorowski was born in Bialystok on December 30, 1961. He graduated from the Higher Theological Seminary in Łomża, receiving priestly ordination in 1986. In the same year he received a master's degree in theology at the Faculty of Theology of ATK. In 1987-1992 he studied in Freiburg (Switzerland). In 1992 he achieved the degree of doctor. From 1993 he worked as an adjunct at the Institute of Family Studies - formerly ATK and now UKSW. In 2002 he was habilitated at the Faculty of Theology at UKSW in Warsaw. In 2014, he received the title of professor of theological sciences. He is a full professor and Head of the Department of the History of Theology of Marriage and the Family. From 2010, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Family Studies at UKSW in Warsaw.
He participated in numerous scientific conferences. He is the author of numerous articles in the field of ecclesiology, sacramentology, theology of marriage and family, and ecotheology.
Rev. Józef Młyński, PhD in social science (Sociologist) and political science (political scientist), assistant professor with habilitation at the Faculty of Studies of the Family, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Coordinator of the Center for Family Advisory I Help Myself I Help Others in the Polish Catholic Missions to Western Europe. Areas of interest: family sociology, social policy (social care, social work, local government), sociology of migration, family advisory and gerontology.
Rev. Prof. Ladislav Csontos SJ
Since 1992 a full professor at the Theology Faculty, Trnava University in Bratislava, he also held many other academic positions. In 1997-2003, he was a Dean of the Faculty, in 2003-2011, a Deputy Dean and in 2011-2015 a Deputy Rector of the University. He taught logic, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of culture. His scientific interest in the philosophy of culture is connected with research on family and culture, where he conducted four scientific projects, and where he currently leads a project on “Select factors in pro-family strategy and in support of stable family in the multicultural environment”. Author of 7 scientific monographs, 5 textbooks, 152 papers, scientific and popular articles, which he presented in multiple domestic and international conferences. His work won the “Fides et Ratio” award of the Conference of the Slovakian Bishops in 2015. In 2017, he won an Anton Hajduk award for excellent scientific achievements at the Trnava University.
Experienced Lawyer with international orientation and demonstrated history of working in the higher education in national and international institutions. Skilled in International Law, Politics, Legal Research, and International Human Rights. Strong legal professional with a PhD focused in International Law, Human Rights Law, and Bioethics. Specific expertise in Human Rights Law, International law, Bioethics, Medical law, International Criminal law, Constitutional law, Family law, Criminal proceedings law. Post-doctoral training at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2017), and Faculty of Law, Hamburg University (2019).
Piotr Mostowik, PhD, professor of the Jagiellonian University, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University (1999). He won his doctoral degree with a dissertation on “Undue enrichment in international private law” (2005) and his habilitation for the body of his work and in particular the monograph “Parental authority and child custody in international private law” Cracow 2014. In 2016, he received the first prize in the “Court Review” competition for the most useful book in the practice of law. He completed his legal advisor application (2005). He is an assistant to a judge in the Office of the Constitutional Tribunal (2015-2017), Head of Section for Fundamental Rights in the Institute of Justice (since 2017). He authored publications on civil law, family and international private law and civil proceedings, including chapters of “System of the private law” and he is editor of the paper entitled “Fundamental legal problems of surrogate motherhood. Global perspective” Warsaw 2019, pp. 1050.
Marek Andrzejewski, professor of the University of Szczecin, Associate Professor at the Civil and Business Law Institute at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Szczecin, specialist in family law, he spent 10 years working in foster care institutions, authored multiple scientific publications (among others monographs: “Houses on Sand. Children’s Houses. From Child care to family support, second edition”, Poznań 2007; “Protection of the child’s rights in a dysfunctional family (child-family-state)”, Cracow 2003; “Foster families – legal aspects”, Toruń 2006 – editor and co-author; “Unions of partners. Debate on the proposed legal changes” Toruń 2014 – editor; academic textbooks: “Legal protection of families. Textbook for students of pedagogy and other social sciences”, Warsaw 2018; “Family and Custody law” fifth edition, Warsaw 2014); Member of the task force on Codification of the Civil Law at the Ministry of Justice in 2004-2006 and in 2015; Science editor of the quarterly Acta Iuris Stetinensis.
Justyna Melonowska, doctor of humanities in the area of philosophy, psychologist, assistant professor in the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Pedagogy in Warsaw. Member of the European Society of Women in Theological Research. In 2014-2017 a publicist for a periodical “Więź” and member of the “Więź” Laboratory Team. Since 2017 she writes for “Christianitas. Publication for orthodoxy”. Participant of numerous public debates. She wrote a monograph “Ordo amoris, amor ordinis. The emancipation in conservatism” (APS 2018), “Separate person: woman and the personalism of Karol Wojtyła – John Paul II. The doctrine and revision” (Difin 2016), co-editor of the book “Friendship with the Other. Religions – Relations – Attitudes” (PTPN UAM 2016). Her scientific research concerns the philosophy and theology of a person, aspects of being a subject in contemporary literature of the Catholic Church, understanding of religious Orthodoxy in the 20th and 21st centuries and religious leadership. Currently, two collections of her dissertations, essays and polemics are awaiting publication: “Religion and fight. The Maccabean writings” and “Religion and fight. Jacobite writings”.
Rev. Adam Skreczko, born in 1957, is a priest of the Białystok archdiocese, professor of theological sciences, head of the Department of Pastoral Theology of Marriage and Family, of the Faculty of Studies of the Family (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw), Pastor of the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Białystok, author of multiple publications on pastoral theology and pedagogy and in particular upbringing in a family.
Ligia De Jesús Castaldi is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on prenatal rights in international human rights law, particularly, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining Ave Maria School of Law faculty, Professor Castaldi worked for several international and governmental human rights agencies, including UNICEF's regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Professor Castaldi received LL.M. degrees from the University of Groningen and Harvard Law School.
Marek Budajczak, PhD, prof. University of Adam Mickiewicz
Institute for Social Advisory, Faculty of Educational Studies, University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. Scientific interests: homeschooling, educational linguistics, pedagogical ethics. He is a home educator, social activist and president of the Educatio Domestica Institute.
Agnieszka Wedeł-Domaradzka, PhD, doctor of legal sciences. Her research focuses on international law, human rights, especially the rights of the child, and bioethics. She authored tens of scientific papers on the above mentioned subjects published in Poland and abroad. She is currently working on a monograph concerning „best interests of the child” in the adjudicature of the European Court for Human Rights.
As an HR expert, and mother of two girls she is highly motivated to achieve family-friendly changes on labor market.
She is vice president of Three Princes, Three Princesses Movement and Head of it's Balance (Balansz) Program.
Three Princes, Three Princesses Movement works to support young adults in accomplishing their dreams of having children.
Within the movement the Balance (Balansz) Program focuses on promoting human-friendly best practices in the corporate sphere and -since 2018- in the world of hospitals.
It builds community from humane leaders and family-friendly organisations. Balance maintains and distributes the prestigious “The Family-friendly Company of the Year” -award each year.
Eniko deals with work-life issues, successful (re)integration in the labor market, flexy work and family-friendly business solutions, employer-employee partnerships, digitalisation and leadership trends.
PRZEMYSŁAW CZARNEK PhD.
Born on June 11, 1977 in Koło. In 1984-1992 student of Elementary School in Goszczanów, where he lived until the age of 15 (formerly Sieradz voivodeship currently Łódź voivodeship).
At the age of 15 he moved to Lublin, where he studied in II Hetman Jan Zamoyski High School in 1992-1996 and where he passed the immatriculation examination.
In 1996-2001 he studied law at the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. From 2001, on a post-graduate scholarship at the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration at the Constitutional Law Department of the Catholic University of Lublin, where he realized his scientific passion. In 2003 he was employed as an assistant in the Department of Constitutional Law. He also worked at the Leon Koźminski Academy and Higher Business School in Radom.
In 2006 he obtained his doctors degree having written a dissertation on “Principles of the State of Law and social justice in the political practice of the III Republic of Poland”.
In 2015 he obtained habilitation in the area of legal sciences based on the totality of his work and especially the dissertation “Economic Freedom – the first pillar of social market economy”. He cooperated with several law firms and legal advisors, offering legal services in the area of support of local governments at various levels in the Lublin voivodeship.
Author of many monographs and scientific articles.
On December 9, 2015, he was appointed the Voivode of the Lublin Voivodeship by Prime Minister Beata Szydło. In 2016 he became a member of a task force on preparation of the Constitution for Business established by Minister for Development Mateusz Morawiecki.
He has a wife, Katarzyna and two children: Julia and Mateusz.
In his spare time, he occupies himself with gardening and reading books.
Rev. Władysław Majkowski, professor, was for many years a lecturer of general sociology, history of social sciences, sociology of the family and issues of Polish contemporary family at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, lecturer of sociology and catholic social teaching in the Higher Convent Seminary of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Stadniki. Currently he is a lecturer at the Polonia Academy in Częstochowa.
Rev. prof. Majkowski is a graduate of Sociology of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, of Philosophy of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. He received the title of doctor in Sociology at Loyola University in Chicago; habilitation at the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw and the title of full professor at the Warsaw Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University.
Main areas of academic interest of rev. prof. Majkowski include social stratification, social deviation, sociology of the family, history of social thought and problems and pathologies of social life and in particular family life. Rev. prof. W. Majkowski is the author of over 100 articles in Polish, Italian and English, with his most important book publications including: “Peoples’ Poland. Patterns of Social Inequality and Conflict”, Westport 1985; “Factors in the disintegration of the contemporary polish family”, Cracow 1997; “Polish family in the context of new conditions”, Cracow 2010.
Attorney-at-law, President of the Board of Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, partner at Parchimowicz i Kwaśniewski Spółka Adwokacka law firm. He is a practicing lawyer, specialized in civil and criminal proceedings, and in particular in commercial cases and cases related to the protection of civil rights and liberties. His professional interests include the protection of the family, the individual as well as social and economic initiatives, and the arbitrary interventions of the State machine which impinge on the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. He cooperates with national and international third sector organizations (NGOs) as an expert in the field of human rights, civil rights and freedoms, and as an advisor on the NGO participation in the legislative process.
Since 2017, he has been the member and Secretary of the Monitoring Team for Counteracting Domestic Violence, under the 3rd term, and since 2015, the member of the Team for the Protection of the Autonomy of the Family and the Family Life, established by the Minister of Justice. Between 2014 and 2016 he served as the member of the Council for the Strategy of Modernization of the Space of Justice in Poland, established by the Minister of Justice. In 2016, he was the deputy legal representative of the “Stop Abortion” Legislative Initiative Committee.
Doctor of laws, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Vice President of the Board and Head of the Team for Legislative Analyses at Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture. He received his MA and PhD degrees at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. He is also the graduate of Inter-University Individual Studies in Humanities (Artes Liberales Academy) where he studied social and political sciences, at the University of Warsaw and the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. His PhD dissertation was awarded the prize in the best monography competition organized by the Foundation for Polish Science. He authored numerous expert reports for public authorities and scientific papers. At present, he is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.
Doctor of social sciences in the field of sociology of law, bioethics and special educator. Coordinator of the Center for Bioethics of the Institute for Legal Culture Ordo Iuris. A graduate of specialization courses in the field of addiction prevention and human rights protection, mediator in the Medical Law Department of the Medical University of Lodz, law lecturer in the Laboratory of Special Educational at University of Lodz, and mediator in the Foundation for Psychological Support in Lodz. Former Ombudsman for Patient Rights in the psychiatric hospital and the editor-in-chief of the Bioethics Department, biotechnologia.pl portal. Author of over 100 articles on medical law, social psychiatry and law sociology, as well as the following books: Patient's rights and their protection, sociological study, Children's rights as a patient, co-author: Bioethics, between law and pedagogy, Challenges of innovative medicine and editor of among others monographs: Law, psychiatry, society and Philosophy and psychosocial image of human existence. Editor-in-chief of journal “Legal Culture”. In 2019 he obtained habilitation in the field of children's rights.
Deputy Director for the Cooperation with Polonia and Poles Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Council of the Republic of Poland in Norway. In 2016, he was awarded the Andrzej Kremer Award for the best Council for his hard work for the benefit of families.
Grégor Puppinck, PhD, is Director General of the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ).
He is also a Member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and an Expert to the Council of Europe. He takes part in the Committee of Experts on the Reform of the European Court of Human Rights.
From 2003 to 2008, he has taught human rights, European law, and constitutional law at the Law School of the University of Haute-Alsace, France.
Grégor Puppinck holds his PhD with a dissertation in legal theory. He graduated from Paris II Law School and from the “Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales.”
He is the author of numerous books and legal articles. His most recent book is Conscientious Objection and Human Rights, A Systematic Analysis (Brill, 2017).
He has been made Cavaliere della Repubblica by the Italian Government for its services in the Lautsi v Italy case and Knight Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He received the award of "Humanisme Chrétien" in 2016 for the book "La famille, les droits de l'homme et la vie éternelle" and the Anton Neuwirth award in 2014.
Titular professor in the Polish Academy of Sciences Legal Sciences Institute and the Department of Law and Administration of the Szczecin University, Head of the Center for Family Law and the Rights of the Child, expert of the Polish Diet and Senate, member of the Staff of the Civil Law Codification Commission.
Rev. Stanisław DZIEKOŃSKI, Associate Professor, His Magnificence Rector of UKSW
Between the years 1986 and 1967 Professor Stanisław Dziekoński studied philosophy and theology at the Higher Theological Seminary in Łomża. Later, from 1992 to 1994, he undertook specialized studies in catechetics at the Faculty of Theology in the Academy of Catholic Theology in Warsaw. In 1999 he obtained a doctorate in theological sciences with a specialization in catechetics, on the basis of a dissertation entitled: “Education practices in the teachings of the Church from the beginning of the XIX century until the Second Vatican Council”. He obtained a post-doctoral degree in theological sciences in 2006. From 2008-2012 he held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Academy. Professor Dziekoński has also been the Head of the Department of the Psychological and Pedagogical Foundations of Catechetics. Other work includes acting as a consultant for the Catholic Education Commission and the Scientific Council of the Polish Bishops’ Conference and being an active member of scientific councils for various theological and pedagogical magazines. He is also the author of several books and articles focusing on the themes of catechetics and pedagogy, and the Deputy Head of the Theological Sciences Committee for the Polish Academy of Science.
Holding a Master's degree in Family law and a Licence in Canon Law from the University of Strasbourg, Priscille Kulczyk is a Research Fellow for the European Centre for Law and Justice (Strasbourg - France).
In the years 2006–2011 expert in legislation at the Sejm Analyses Office of the Chancellery of
the Polish Parliament; in the years 2011–2017 assistant of a Constitutional Court judge. Author
of the monograph Kontrola sejmowa w polskim prawie konstytucyjnym (published by Wyd. Sejmowe,
Warsaw 2012), several dozens of opinions and studies as well as of numerous articles
on constitutional law. A happy husband and a father of five.
Coordinator of the Local Government Charter of the Rights of the Family and Marches for Life and Family. Husband of Małgorzata and father of Jadzia, Marysia and Zosia. A graduate of the Faculty of Historical and Social Sciences of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He worked, among others in: Office of the National Council of Radio Broadcasting and Television, Polish Information Agency, PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencionalna S.A. In the years 2005–2007 he was an advisor and then the General Director managing the Cabinet of the Speaker of the Sejm. In the years 2006-2010 he was a councilor of the Sejmik of the Lodz Voivodship in which, among others initiated the establishment of a permanent Family Protection and Social Policy Committee. He is a co-organizer of the annual Symposium Gift of Life, March for Life and Family and Christian Culture Week in Skierniewice, where he lives. In the years 2015-2019, the President of the Foundation Center for Supporting Initiatives for Life and Family.
Journalist. Master in Theology. A graduate of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the College of Social and Media Communication. Editor of the Catholic weekly "Niedziela".
Associate of Polsat Rodzina television. Until July 2019, reporter of the Polish Radio - Information Radio Agency. She published in the monthly "Mój Rodzina" and the weekly "Nasz Polska". IN
in the years 2014-2016 an employee of the Press Office of the Warsaw-Prague Diocese. Author of numerous articles on church and social issues, in particular those devoted to the defense of life and family.