Interdisciplinary Center for Socio-Legal Analyses

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, (ICSLS) affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy – was established by the Rector of the Jagiellonian University in 2008. The Center is an academic unit which aims to initiate, organize, and coordinate research activities which pertain to the functioning of law as a social phenomenon, the judicial system, legal culture, and dysfunctions in the public sphere. The ICSLS investigates such phenomena in the context of broader processes of social change, the transformation of civil society, globalization processes, and the formation of supranational legal orders. The analyses undertaken are of an interdisciplinary nature and thus from the perspective of various disciplines – e.g., sociology, legal sciences, cultural anthropology, economics, political science, and social communications. The Center initiates international collaboration, provides expertise and consulting activities on behalf of public and private institutions. It also organizes seminars and debates on the functioning of law in society

Head of the ICSLS

dr hab. Kaja Gadowska, prof. UJ

Advisory Board

  • Prof. Adam Czarnota, University of New South Wales UNSW, Sydney
  • Prof. Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University
  • Prof. Małgorzata Fuszara, University of Warsaw; former Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment
  • Prof. dr. Martin Krygier, University of New South Wales UNSW, Sydney
  • Prof. Jan Kubik, Rutgers University; University College London
  • Prof. Jacek Kurczewski, University of Warsaw
  • Prof. Wojciech Sadurski, European University Institute, Florence; University of New South Wales UNSW, Sydney
  • Prof. Andras Sajo, Central European University, Vienna; Judge, European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
  • Prof. Kim Lane Sheppele, Princeton University; former President of the Law & Society Association
  • Prof. Grażyna Skąpska, Jagiellonian University; Honorary President of the Board
  • Prof. Peter Solomon, University of Toronto
  • Prof. Marek Zirk-Sadowski, University of Lodz; President of the Supreme Administrative Court

Contact information

Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Legal Analyses
Instytut Socjologii UJ
ul. Grodzka 52
31-044 Kraków

Educational Activities

Meetings with Masters: This program offers a series of events, co-organized with the Jagiellonian University Institute of Sociology as well as with academic and sociocultural institutions, inside and outside of Poland. Each meeting will present an online lecture – addressing a social issue that is both significant and timely – by an eminent representative of academia, either national or international. The lecture by the invited scholar will be followed by an open discussion with members of the audience, facilitating conversation, an exchange of ideas and experiences, and a meeting of minds involved in various fields of academia and society.

Completed Research Projects

  • Patterns of Participatipon of Polish Businesspersons in the European Union – project financed by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education
  • Trust in the Justice System – project commissioned by the National Council of the Judiciary