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Centre for Research on Axiology of Civil Procedure



Framework of the Centre

Throughout contemporary social life there exists a very clear separation of legal regulations relating to the conduct of the entities participating in the resolution of civil cases and the enforcement of decisions issued as a result of such resolutions (i.e. in various types of civil proceedings) from the regulations pertaining to the realm of substantive relations between entities, as it were, outside of civil proceedings (i.e. so-called ordinary commercial transactions).

Academics have suggested that a point has been reached wherein "proceduralism” is a feature of modern times" (P. Kaczmarek, Materialne i proceduralne aspekty prawa. Wstęp do rozważań nad przejawami proceduralizacji w prawie europejskim, [w:] Z zagadnień teorii i filozofii prawa. Teoria prawa europejskiego, J. Kaczor (red.), AUW nr 2760, Wrocław 2005, s. 129 [Material and Procedural Aspects of Law. Introduction to Considerations on Procedural Manifestations in European Law, [in:] From the issues of the theory and philosophy of law. The theory of European law, J. Kaczor (ed.), AUW No. 2760, Wrocław 2005, p. 129]).

While civil substantive law provisions have been the subject of axiological analysis for some time, the research of the role of civil procedures in implementing the adopted standards (values) has not been overly extensive and has not attracted any particular interest among researchers of civil procedural law. As it has been identified by some academics (J. Helios, Aspekt systemowy i aksjologiczny „procedur”, AUW nr 3052. Przegląd Prawa i Administracji 2008, nr 77, s. 126 [Systemic and axiological aspect of "procedures", AUW No. 3052. Przegląd Prawa i Administracji 2008, No. 77, p. 126]), "dogmatic and legal literature generally does not deal with the axiology of court proceedings explicité ". In order to deepen such research, a Centre at the Department of Civil Procedure I - Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Łódź has been established. Launching the Centre outside the framework of the Department allows for the creation of a platform facilitating cooperation in research with other scientific centres in the field of civil procedure law, constitutional law, ethics and philosophy of law, as well as with other institutions of social life.



The purpose of the Centre is to constantly evaluate the axiological justifications for the adopted or projected methods of shaping procedural constructs prevailing in civil proceedings, especially over periods of increased legislative activity that affect the transformation of the model of civil proceedings in Poland. The significance of the results of the research conducted at the Centre will be reflected primarily through critical analysis of the draft amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure. The knock on, expected result of the realisation of the above-mentioned purpose of the Centre will also be the integration of members of the civil procedure community in Poland around current issues of particular importance for practitioners of law.



The purpose of the Centre should be achieved through the realisation of the following tasks:

  • Indication and provision of the definition of the procedural values ​​understood as standards, along which the proceedings can be assessed as optimal in terms of quality, regardless of the "effectiveness of a good result" (Helios, op. cit., p. 127);
  • Determination of the relationship between procedural values ​​and values ​​protected by substantive law applied in civil procedures;
  • Acquisition and implementation of research grants;
  • Organization of seminars and conferences, as well as organization of lectures and internships with other research centres in Poland and abroad;
  • Preparation of legal opinions on draft amendments to procedural statutes in terms of their compliance with the adopted standards referred to in point 1;
  • Preparation of legal opinions, expert opinions and training in the field of civil proceedings;
  • Integration of the scientific community of civil practitioners and scholars and creating a platform for the exchange of views.

Managing Director:
Prof. Sławomir Cieślak, head of the Department of Civil Procedure I at the University of Lodz
Executive Council:

  • Dr. Anna Barańska, senior lecturer at the University of Lodz, attorney-at-law (Lodz)
  • Dr. Agata Harast-Sidowska, associate Prof. of the University of Lodz, attorney-at-law (Lodz)
  • Dr. Marcin Kostwiński, associate Prof. of the University of Lodz, attorney-at-law (Lodz)
  • Dr. Michał Krakowiak, Prof. of the University of Lodz, judge (Lodz)
  • Dr. Maciej Muliński, Prof. of the University of Lodz
  • Dr. Jarosław Pączek, attorney-at-law (Warsaw),Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb, London)
  • Dr. Tomasz Strumiłło, associate Prof. of the University of Lodz, attorney-at-law (Lodz)

Scientific Council:

  • Prof. Janusz Jankowski (University of Lodz) - chairman
  • Laurence Burger– attorney at law (Geneva), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb, London)
  • Prof. Sławomir Cieślak (University of Lodz)
  • Prof. Andrzej Jakubecki (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin)
  • Prof. Dr. Johann Kindl (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster,WWU Münster)
  • Dr. Anna Machnikowska, Prof. of the University of Gdansk
  • Prof. Ricardo Sichel (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Dr. Grzegorz Sikorski (University of Gdansk)
  • Dr. Tadeusz Zembrzuski, Prof. of the University of Warsaw

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