From the very beginning of 19-year history of the Course  lectures have been held by the best specialists in the field of human rights and international law, such as Prof. Cees Flinterman who has lectured every year. The crucial part of the lectures and other Course activities is run by experts from Poznań Human Rights Centre, i.e. by Prof. Roman Wieruszewski and Prof. Zdzisław Kędzia. The group of present and former lecturers of the Course includes such eminent scholars from Poland and all over the Europe as Prof. Gudmundur AlfredssonProf. Władysław Czapliński, Prof. Krzysztof Drzewicki , Dr Hanna MachińskaDr Elżbieta Mikos-SkuzaProf. Manfred Nowak, Mr. Marek Antoni Nowicki , Prof. Marek PiechowiakProf. Alan Rosas, Prof. Andrzej Rzepliński , Prof. Jan Sandorski , Prof. Martin ScheininProf. Mirosław WyrzykowskiProf. Ineta Ziemele. An important part of each year’s programme is also a lecture by the UNHCR Representative for Poland and by one of the experts from ODIHR (OSCE).

Professor Cees Flinterman

Prof. Cees Flinterman studied international law at Leiden University (J.D. 1969; Ph.D. 1981) and the University of Virginia (LL.M. 1971). He was an alternate member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (1987-1991), Vice-Chairperson of the 49th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (1993) and Head of the Delegation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the 49th and 50th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (1993 and 1994) and to the World Conference on Human Rights (1993). Since 1 November 1998, he has benn the director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the School of Human Rights Research . Since August 2002 he has been a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Professor Miroslaw Wyrzykowski

Professor Mirosław Wyrzykowski graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University in 1971. Since 1991 he has been a professor of the University of Warsaw , chairing the Comparative and Economic Law Department at the Institute of Legal Administrative Studies of Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University. From 1996 to 1999 judge Wyrzykowski served as deputy dean and from 1999 to 2001 as dean of the Faculty of Law. In 1988-1990 he headed the Department of Constitutional Freedoms and Rights in the Office of the Commissioner for Citizens Rights [Ombudsman]. In the period 1990-1995 he served as Professor of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne and since 1997 he has been a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest . He has taught, inter alia , at universities of Paris (Sorbonne), Bonn , Sydney , Konstanz , Bayreuth .

He is a member of Law Studies Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a member of the Board of the Polish Association of Constitutional Law. He is also Deputy Chair of the Polish Section of the International Association of Legal Sciences and Chair of the Scientific Council of the Centre for European Studies in the University of Warsaw . In November 2001 the Sejm of the Republic of Poland [the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament] appointed him a judge of the Constitutional Tribunal.

Doctor Hanna Machińska

Doctor Hanna Machińska, Director of the Council of Europe Information and Communication Centre in Warsaw

The Information Office of the Council of Europe was established under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Council of Europe and the Republic of Poland on July 4th, 2002. The Office is an integral part of the Council of Europe. It replaced the Information Centre on the Council of Europe, set up in 1990 and incorporated then into the Warsaw University Centre for Europe . The Centre was dissolved at the time of the creation of the Information Office. The original role of the Centre was to support the local government reform but it has been expanded over time. Now it is the responsibility of the Office: to participate in the Council of Europe’s projects; to promote the Council of Europe’s achievements and to educate in the area of human rights.

Professor Władysław Czapliński

Professor Władysław Czapliński graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Gdansk University in 1977. Since 2004 he has been a Director of the Institute of Legal Studies ( Polish Academy of Sciences). He was a visiting research fellow of A. von Humboldt-Foundation (Tuebingen, Heidelberg , Berlin ), visiting Professor at the University of Paris and University of Nice . In 1991 and 1996 Professor Czapliński was a research fellow of the Research Centre in International Law (Hague Academy of International Law). He is a member of German Society for International Law, French Society of International Law and of the Board of Legal Advisers by the President of the Council of Ministers.
Fields of Research: State Succession, State Responsibility, EU Law (Jurisprudence of the ECJ, 2nd and 3rd Pillar of the EU).
Publications: 3 monographs, textbook of public international law, handbook of jurisprudence of the ECJ with commentaries, numerous (ca. 100) articles in Polish and international law journals

Doctor Elżbieta Mikos – Skuza

Since 1982 a tutor and a lecturer in public international law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw , where she established – among others – a special course on international humanitarian law of armed conflicts. 2000- 2003 lecturing at the Institute of Journalism , University of Warsaw , where she established a course „Armed Conflicts and the Media”. Ms Mikos-Skuza occasianally lectures at the Academy of National Defense . Also, she serves as an expert to the Polish Parliament and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – recently with regard to setting up of the national commission for implementation of international humanitarian law and to the withdrawal of Polish reservations to the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
Author of several publications (text-books and articles) on public international law and international humanitarian law of armed conflicts.

Professor Allan Rosas

Professor of Law at the University of Turku (1978-81) and at the Abo Akademi University (Turku/Abo) (1981-96); Director of the latter’s Institute for Human Rights (1985-95); coordinated several international and national research projects and programmes, including in the fields of EU law, international law, humanitarian and human rights law, constitutional law and comparative public administration; represented the Finnish Government as member of, or adviser to, Finnish delegations at various international conferences and meetings; expert functions in relation to Finnish legal life, including in governmental law commissions and committees of the Finnish Parliament, as well as the UN, UNESCO, OSCE (CSCE) and the Council of Europe; from 1995 Principal Legal Adviser at the Legal Service of the European Commission, in charge of external relations; from March 2001, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission Legal Service; Judge at the Court of Justice since January 2002.

Professor Ineta Ziemele

Master of International Law, Raoul Wallenberg Institute and University of Lund, Sweden 1993-94; Doctor of Law, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1995-99; Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Latvia, 1992-95; Adviser to the Prime Minister of Latvia, 1995; Founding Director of the Institute on Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Latvia, 1995-99; Lecturer in International and European Law, University of Latvia, 1995-99; Programme Adviser, Directorate General of Human Rights, Council of Europe, 1999-2001; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, 2001-05; Söderberg Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia and visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden, 2001-05; Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 27 April 2005.

Professor Martin Scheinin

Dr. iuris, Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Director of the Institute for Human Rights of Abo Akademi University. Research topics: Domestic implementation of international human rights treaties, international monitoring mechanisms for human rights treaties, indigenous and minority rights, justiciability of economic and social rights, human rights and terrorism, fundamental standards of humanity, human rights and biotechnology.

1997-2004 Member of the Human Rights Committee; 1997- Chairperson of the International Law Association Committee on Human Rights Law and Practice; 1997- Expert opinions or studies upon request to the Council of Europe, United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe; 2000- Board member of the Association of Human Rights Institutes, founded by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (SIM), the Ludvig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (Austria), the University of Essex Human Rights Centre (the United Kingdom), the Ĺbo Akademi Institute for Human Rights (Finland), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Sweden), the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, the Danish Centre of Human Rights and the Icelandic Centre of Human Rights; 2005-08 United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism.

Professor Manfred Nowak

Dr. habil of Constitutional Law University of Vienna, LL.M Columbia University New York, Dr. Iuris University of Vienna; Present Functions: U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Member of the EU Network of Independent Experts in Fundamental Rights, U.N. Expert on Disappearances, Consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,Head of an Independent Human Rights Commission at the Austrian Ministry of Interior, The European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) – Chairperson, Austrian National Director Representing the University of Vienna in the EMA Programme, Member of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) at the University of Vienna. Present or former member of the executive committee of various national or international non-governmental organizations, including the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT, Geneva), the International Service for Human Rights (Geneva), the World University Service (WUS, Geneva) and WUS Austria, the Austrian Committee against Torture; Author of more than 300 Publications in the fields of constitutional, administrative and international law, human rights as well as development studies. In 1994 he was granted UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights.

Professor Gudmundur Alfredsson

Cand. juris, Law Faculty, University of Iceland, Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (M.C.J.), New York University School of Law, Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), Harvard Law School; since 1999 Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; since 1995 Professor of International Law, Law Faculty, Lund University; 1985-95 Staff member of the UN Centre for Human Rights, Geneva: Secretary of the working groups on indigenous peoples and minorities; member of the secretariat of the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993; 1983-85 Staff member of the UN Office of Legal Affairs, New York; Expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights; Chairman of the Advisory Board of the WIPO Worldwide Academy in Geneva (WWA, from 2000); Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights; Member of editorial or advisory committees for the African Human Rights Law Journal, the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, the East African Journal on Peace and Human Rights and the Nordic Journal of International Law; Lecturer in human rights and good governance training courses in about 80 countries for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and several governments, academic institutions and NGOs.