prof. dr hab. Grażyna Skąpska

position: full professor


Prodessor Grażyna Skąpska – research interests focus on the theory of law as a social phenomenon, constitutionalism, legal, economic and social aspects of the rule of law during the post-communist transformation, issues of so-called "transitional justice", and changes in legal culture and awareness associated with the processes of European integration. Her most recent research venture resulted in the framing of the sociological theory of constitutionalism after communism, and the resultant book – From "Civil Society" to "Europe": A Sociological Study on Constitutionalism after Communism (Boston-Leiden: Brill 2011) – was awarded the first prize of the Minister of Science and Higher Education in 2012. The recipient of scholarships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Goethe University Frankfurt), American Lawyers Foundation (Chicago), Collegium Budapest and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, as well as working on a research project on totalitarian state law with the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main. Currently the chair of the Polish Sociological Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, in 2000-2004 she was vice-president of the International Institute of Sociology.

Research interests

  • theories of public sphere, civil society, power and compulsion
  • sociological theory of law
  • law and gender

Publications (chosen)

  • 1/ "Prawo i dynamika społecznych przemian" Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego: Kraków, 1991
  • 2/ Gregory S. Alexander, G.Skapska (red.)"A Fourth Way? Privatization, Property, and the Emergence of New Market Economies" Routledge, Londonn-New York, 1994
  • 3/ "The Legacy of Anti-Legalism" w: "Marxism and the Rule of Law. Posthumous Reflections on Politics.Society and Law" M..Krygier (red.) Rodopi:Amsterdam-Atlanta GA, 1994
  • 4/ "Law and Democracy" entry in the International Encyclopaedia of Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, Oxford
  • 5/ "Institutional Innovations and Moral Foundation of Constitutionalism in East Central Europe" in: Said .A.Arjomand (ed.) "Constitionalism and Political Reconstruction" Brill: Leiden-Boston, 2007
  • 6/ "Restitutive Justice, Rule of Law and Constitutional Dilemmas" in: A.Czarnota, M.Krygier, W.Sadurski (eds.) "Rethinking the Rule of Law after Communism" CEU Press: Budapest-New York, 2005
  • 7/ "Facing the Past Human Right Violations: A Way from a Liquid to a Solid Society " in: J.Priban (ed.) "Liquid Society and Its Law" Ashgate: Dortmouth 2007
  • 8/ "Rule of Law, Economic Transformation and Corruption after the Fall of the Berlin Wall" The Hague Journal of then Rule of Law" Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2009
  • 9/ "The Constitution as a Theory of Society in the Society: A Reflection after Thwenty Yers of Democratic Changes in East Central Europe" in: A.Sajo (ed.) "Constitutional Topography. Values and Constitutions" Eleven International Publishing , 2010
  • 10/ "From Civil Society to Europe: A Sociological Study of Constitutionalism after Communism" Brill: Leiden-Boston 2012

Ongoing projects

  • Świadomość prawna społeczeństwa polskiego: diagnoza, typy, drogi kształtowania
  • Polscy przedsiębiorcy w Unii Europejskiej
  • Prawo w społeczeństwie, społeczeństwo w prawie