About The State and the Law

Państwo i Prawo (PiP) [The State and the Law] is the second oldest academic legal journal in Poland. Affiliated to the Committee of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the monthly has been published without interruptions since 1946. The publisher is Wolters Kluwer Polska.

The Editor-in-Chief of Państwo i Prawo and the Editorial Committee are appointed for a term by the Dean of Division I: Humanities and Social Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences upon motion of the PAS Committee of Law Studies from among outstanding lawyers, who have made great contributions to the science and practice of law in Poland. So far, the subsequent Editors-in-Chief were: prof. dr hab. Stanisław Ehrlich (1946–1967), prof. dr hab. Sylwester Zawadzki (1967–1981), prof. dr hab. Leszek Kubicki (1981–2012), and prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wróbel (since 2012).

The members of the journal’s Editorial Committee are scholars from Poland and abroad, whrepresenting all branches of law, all of whom hold at least the degree of doctor habilitatus of law. An important element of Państwo i Prawo’s tradition is the diversity and pluralism of specializations and affiliations of Editorial Committee members.

The author receives 70 points for a publication in The State and the Law (according to the Annex to the Communication of the Minister of Education and Science of 9 February 2021, as amended by the Communication of 18 February 2021, regarding the list of academic journals and reviewed materials from international conferences, issued on the basis of Article 267(3) of the Act on Higher Education and Science of 20 July 2018, Polish Journal of Laws [Dziennik Ustaw], consolidated text: 2020, item 85, as amended).

The journal is included in the international European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH+) database.

Państwo i Prawo publishes exclusively original academic papers from a certain area of legal scholarship. These papers come in the form of articles, polemic articles, and commentaries on the judgments of Polish and foreign courts or tribunals. Furthermore, PiP publishes academic reviews of monographs from the field of law, as well as short reports on the most important international or Polish nationwide academic conferences. Each manuscript published in PiP is reviewed. The publications are in Polish, English, French, or German. 
Articles published in Państwo i Prawo are among the most frequently cited papers, both in other legal periodicals or monographs and in the case law of general and administrative courts, and even the Constitutional Tribunal.

The strict requirements in terms of both methodology and contents that Państwo i Prawo set for the authors, the composition of the Editorial Committee, as well as the prestige and recognition of the monthly among the Polish scholars, all contributed to it becoming one of the most important forums of academic discussion about the law throughout its history spanning over 70 years. Virtually from the time it was established, PiP has published articles on the basic issues of the philosophy and theory of law (such as the construction of the legal system, the notion of legal norm, the typology of legal norms, the validity of law, the model of applying the law, conflicts of law, and the hierarchy of sources of law). Over years, these articles gradually acquired a canonical character, becoming the basic point of reference in all areas of the Polish legal scholarship. It was in Państwo i Prawo that fundamental discussions were conducted on problems arising in connection with the entry into force and application of the 1952 Constitution, the Little Constitution of 1992, and the 1997 Constitution, which is currently in force. Moreover, starting from the 1970s, Państwo i Prawo has been the fundamental place of academic discussion on reforms of procedural and substantive criminal, administrative, and civil law. Subsequent issues contained articles which analysed the provisions of almost all Polish codes and systemic acts. Some of the discussions and polemics that took place in PiP actually brought about changes in the direction of case law of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Constitutional Tribunal or became the impulses for subsequent reforms of Polish legislation. The examples include a group of articles on the liability in damages for unlawful activities of public authorities. In the 1990s, topics concerning the EU started to be regularly discussed in the periodical. It was Państwo i Prawo that published articles on the legal conditions for and consequences of Poland’s accession to and membership in the European Union, which were broadly discussed among academics. Another important element in the publishing tradition of the periodical is articles in the field of comparative law, mainly from the areas of constitutional, administrative, and civil law. 

The articles are written by the most renowned Polish and foreign academics and experts, including judges of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, the Constitutional Tribunal, the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and other international courts or tribunals.

The journal’s mission is to publish original academic articles of the highest importance both in the fields of public and private law. Just as in the oldest foreign legal periodicals, the range of topics discussed in Państwo i Prawo is broad, covering all branches of law. However, the mission of PiP is publishing articles that contain new thoughts and make a contribution to the development of legal philosophy, theory, and dogmatics. This is owed to the profile of the periodical, which is well-established among scholars, and the high requirements set for authors by PiP reviewers.

For over 50 years the journal has supported young and more experienced academics through holding an annual competition for the best doctoral and habilitation dissertations. Activities aimed at popularizing scholarship are just as important an element of the journal’s mission. These activities include holding the annual debates and lectures of Państwo i Prawa. They are attended by speakers and participants from academic centres in Poland and abroad.

Państwo i Prawo is available in numerous university libraries all over the world, including the libraries of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg; the European University Institute in Florence; the University of Vienna; Columbia University; the Yale Law School, as well as the British Library.

zadady-etyczne
Ethical principles
Ethical principles concerning publications in academic journals, Ethical principles for authors, Responsibilities of the editorial board, Responsibilities of reviewers.

Editorial Team

Editorial Board

Editor-in-chief
2001 - Professor of Legal Sciences
1991 – Postdoctoral Degree in Legal Sciences; Faculty of Law and Administration of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie University; "Central Planning by the State. Administrative and Legal Study"
1982 - PhD in Legal Sciences; Faculty of Law and Administration of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie University; "Administrative and Legal Instruments for the Protection of Agricultural Land in the Investment Process"
Managing editor
2010 – 2017 Institute of Legal Studies of Polish Academy of Science
The Department of Constitutional Law and European Studies Doctor of Law (2017)
Uniwersytet Gdański
Professor Ewa Bagińska is a full professor of law (2015), She graduated in law in 1995 (Nicholas Copernicus University) and obtained her PhD (1999 at NCU) and her habilitation degree (2006 at NCU) in civil law.
Uniwersytet Warszawski
ORCID: 0000-0003-3199-0820
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. Head of the Department of Law and Religion. Graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration (2005) and the Institute of Political Science (2005) at the University of Warsaw. Doctor of Law (2009).
Professor of legal sciences, judge, in the years 1992-2004 and 2010-2015 the President of the Supreme Administrative Court, lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.
Zbigniew Kmieciak
Professor of legal sciences, retired judge of the Supreme Administrative Court; lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz.
Uniwersytet Wrocławski
ORCID: 0000-0001-5860-0760
Professor of law, lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wrocław; head of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Legal Research and Studies and of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Wrocław
Professor of Legal Sciences, in the years 2010–2019, judge of the Constitutional Tribunal; lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw.

Editorial Committee

  • prof. dr hab. Jacek Barcik
    Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
  • prof. dr hab. Jan Barcz
    Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego w Warszawie
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Biernat
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Krystyna Chojnicka
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Magdalena Fedorowicz
    Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
  • prof. dr hab. Lech Garlicki
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Robert Grzeszczak
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Hajn
    Uniwersytet Łódzki
  • prof. dr hab. Antoni Hanusz
    Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Kubicki
    Instytut Nauk Prawnych PAN
  • prof. dr hab. Roman Kwiecień
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Leszczyński
    Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Łętowska
    Polska Akademia Nauk
  • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Pisuliński
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Nina Półtorak
    Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie
  • prof. dr hab. Irena Rzeplińska
    Instytut Nauk Prawnych PAN
  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Rott-Pietrzyk
    Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Sakowicz
    Uniwersytet w Białymstoku
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Stawecki
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Ślebzak
    Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Waltoś
    Polska Akademia Nauk
  • prof. dr hab. Karolina Wierczyńska
    Instytut Nauk Prawnych PAN
  • prof. dr hab. Anna Wyrozumska
    Uniwersytet Łódzki
  • prof. dr hab. Mirosław Wyrzykowski
    Uniwersytet Warszawski
  • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Zajadło
    Uniwersytet Gdański
  • prof. dr hab. Adam Zieliński
    Uniwersytet Warszawski

Foreign members

  • prof. Veronika Bílková
    Charles University in Prague
  • prof. Timea Drinoczi
    University of Pecs
  • prof. Michael Dougan
    University of Liverpool
  • prof. Jan Filip
    Masaryk University
  • prof. Christophe Hillion
    University of Leiden
  • prof. Veronika Bílková
    Charles University in Prague
  • prof. Timea Drinoczi
    University of Pecs
  • prof. Michael Dougan
    University of Liverpool
  • prof. Jan Filip
    Masaryk University
  • prof. Christophe Hillion
    University of Leiden
  • prof. Fernando Reviriego Picón
    Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
  • prof. Matthias Ruffert
    Humboldt University in Berlin
  • prof. Wojciech Sadurski
    Sydney University
  • prof. Dagmar Schiek
    Queen's University Belfast

Reviewers

The (peer) reviewers of Państwo i Prawo monthly for 2018 included the following persons:

  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Bagińska
  • prof. dr hab. Jan Barcz
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Bierć
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Biernat
  • prof. dr hab. Bogumił Brzeziński
  • dr hab. Wojciech Brzozowski
  • prof. dr hab. Paweł Daniluk
  • prof. dr hab. Lech Garlicki
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Grzegorczyk
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Hajn
  • prof. dr hab. Antoni Hanusz
  • prof. dr hab. Roman Hauser
  • prof. dr hab. Hubert Izdebski
  • prof. dr hab. Jacek Jagielski
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Kaczmarek
  • prof. dr hab. Ireneusz C. Kamiński
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Kmieciak
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Kubicki
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Leszczyński
  • prof. dr hab. Franciszek Longchamps de Bérier
  • prof. dr hab. Ewa Łętowska
  • prof. dr hab. Leszek Mitrus
  • prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Niewiadomski
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Piątek
  • prof. dr hab. Wojciech Piątek
  • prof. dr hab. Monika Płatek
  • prof. dr hab. Jacek Sobczak
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Stawecki
  • prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Ślebzak
  • prof. dr hab. Stanisław Waltoś
  • prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Witkowski
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wróbel
  • prof. dr hab. Anna Wyrozumska
  • prof. dr hab. Mirosław Wyrzykowski
  • prof. dr hab. Jerzy Zajadło
  • prof. dr hab. Adam Zieliński
  • prof. dr hab. Marek Zubik
  • prof. dr hab. Czesława Żuławska

Contact Us

Contact Us
For more information on the journal contact the Editorial Board

Redakcja "Państwa i Prawa"
ul. Nowy Świat 72 (Pałac Staszica)
00-330 Warszawa

e-mail: [email protected]
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