Civic Council for Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution

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Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice on appointing the Council.

Members of the Board:


Barbara J. Pawlak

Lawyer, mediator, negotiator.

Doctoral student at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw and visiting scholar at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium); graduate from master's degree studies at the University of Łódź and the following postgraduate studies:  "Judicial and non-judicial mediation and negotiation" (Catholic University of Lublin); "Mediation and negotiation at law" (Catholic University of Lublin); "Business mediation and negotiation" (Lazarski University in Warsaw); "International negotiation and mediation" (Collegium Civitas in Warsaw); "Application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Polish legal system" (University of Warsaw).

Participant of the following international projects:  "Mediation and Other Methods that Foster Democratic Dialogue" (Central European University, Hungary); "International Business and Negotiation" (University of St.  Andrews, Scotland); "Mediation, ADR & ODR" (Academy of European Law, Germany); "Accessibility and Initiation of Restorative Justice" (European Forum for Restorative Justice, Belgium), "International Business Negotiation" (Hamline University School of Law, USA); "The Victim's Directive - Challenges and Opportunity for RJ" (Portugal).

Holder of the following mediator certificates: The State Bar of California and The American Bar Association.  She also has a Polish  mediator licence certified by the Polish Centre for Mediation in the field of: specialized training in mediation in civil and business cases with elements of labour-related mediation; specialized training for mediators in accordance with the "Mediator training standards"; specialized training in  educational, school and peer mediation; specialized training in family mediation; The National Court of Arbitration in Warsaw and the Polish Association of Notaries, and the centre

Author of many publications, speaker and panellist at national and international conferences and a lecturer in restorative justice, mediation, negotiation and communication.

Research topics include restorative justice, mediation, negotiation.


Elżbieta Duszyńska

Mediator - lawyer and finance specialist.

Graduated from the Faculty of Economic Sciences, Law and Psychology, University of Management and Law in Warsaw.   She graduated from postgraduate studies in negotiation and mediation at the Lazarski University Centre of Postgraduate Education in Warsaw.  She worked with the business form many years.  Since 2011, a mediator with the Polish Centre for Mediation in criminal, business, family, civil and labour cases initiated by government institutions, companies and individuals.


Ewa Wiśniewska-Sobel

Court and out-of-court mediator in the field of civil, business, labour, family and social cases, proprietor of the Ewa W. Sobel Mediation Office .

Graduate from the Faculty of Organisation and Management at the University of Economics in Krakow, Qualification Pedagogical Studies at the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, long-time high-tier manager in corporate banking and health care sector.
Business consultant, coach/trainer, including in mediation, conflict mapping, organizational culture, communication, restructuring, employee competency assessment.
Lecturer at the Upper-Silesian School of Economics in Katowice.
She works together with District Courts, NGOs and local government organizations as part of a campaign to promote mediation.
Member of the Business Security Commission  at the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice.


Joanna Sauter-Kunach

Judge at the Regional Court of Bydgoszcz, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk.  She has worked as a judge since 1994.  She was deciding criminal, family, business and civil law cases at the District Court of Bydgoszcz.  In 2010 she started working in the civil section of the District Court of Bydgoszcz.  She graduated from the following postgraduate courses: European law at the University of Gdańsk, Economics and Business Law at the School of Economics; Psychology in judicial practice at the University of Social Psychology; Civil Law at the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013 she was seconded to the Ministry of Justice, where she serves as chief specialist for mediation in the Department of International Cooperation and Human Rights at the Crime Victims and Promotion of Mediation Division.


Kamil Zawicki

Attorney at law, partner at Kubas Kos Gałkowski.  President of the Dispute Resolution Section at Allerhand Institute.  Editorial Board member, Czech (& Central European) Yearbook of Arbitration. Member of the Team for Systemic Solutions for Amicable Methods of Business Disputes to Facilitate Economic Activities at the Ministry of Economy (2013). Recommended Arbitrator of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration and a nominee for the Carpathian Arbitration Court Council. Coach of Jagiellonian University teams for:  FDI Moot 2014 (Foreign Direct Investment, 3rd place in world final), DCFR KIGMoot (final rounds).  

He focuses on building effective arbitration and trial scenarios and efficient negotiation techniques.  He was involved in a number of European litigation and arbitration cases as a representative of one of major telecommunications companies in a dispute for taking over a mobile phone operator.  Expert in the field of international trade agreements, lawsuits, investment and construction processes and economic relations in wider sense.  He is a supervisor at the German Desk law firm providing legal assistance to investors from German-speaking countries. Research topics: copyright law and press law.

Author of a number of publications and conference presentations on arbitration, including investment arbitration, commercial law, insurance and reinsurance law.  Expert in the field of insurance and reinsurance working for Guy Carpenter & Company. Member of International Bar Association (IBA), Die Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).


Katarzyna Przyłuska-Ciszewska

Attorney at law, court mediator.  President of the Mediation Centre at the Polish Bar Council, he runs his own law firm specialized both in court litigation and arbitration proceedings, provides services for domestic and foreign entities using alternative dispute resolution methods.

Graduate from the University of Warsaw, Faculte International pour l'Enseignement du Droit Compare in Strasbourg,  Stefan Batory Foundation scholarship   (Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Universita di Bologna, Italy).  She completed judicial internship at the Regional Court in Warsaw in 2001 and attorney internship at the District Bar Association in Warsaw in 2004. Member of the Bar Association in Warsaw.  By November 2014, the Chairwoman of the Committee for Training of Legal Trainees of the District Bar Council in Warsaw.  In previous terms of office, a member of the Team of Inspectors of the Polish Bar Council, Deputy Disciplinary Commissioner of the District Bar Council in Warsaw.  Member of the Consultative Council of the Lewiatan Mediation Centre at the Court of Arbitration of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers "Lewiatan".

Mediator certified by ADR Group, London, United Kingdom.   In 2013 she started the CIArb training for the preparation for qualification as an international arbitrator.


Małgorzata Różańska-Prus

Judge at the District Court for the Capital City of  Warsaw in Warsaw.  She started working as a judge in 2012, she decides cases in the commercial department.  Since October 2014, the Deputy Chairman
in the 16th Commercial Department of the District Court for the Capital City  of Warsaw.

She graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.  LL.M. graduate - Master of Laws in General Studies at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington (DC), USA - specialization: commercial law and ADR (negotiation, mediation, international arbitration).


Marzena Kruk

Master's degree in psychology, doctor of legal sciences in the field of criminology (doctoral thesis
at the National Academy of Sciences, titled "Practice of mediation in criminal cases in Poland.  Criminological analysis).

Employed with the Ministry of Justice since 1992. In 2009-2012 employed as the Deputy Director of the Department of Human Rights, now as the Head of the
Crime Victims and Promotion of Mediation Division

Mediator in criminal cases.  She works as a lecturer in mediation with the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin  and the Stanisław Staszic Academy of Mining and Metallurgy
in Krakow.  She was a representative of the Minister of Justice in the Civic Council for ADR.  Author of several publications on mediation in such journals as Palestra, Wokanda, Archiwum Kryminologiczne, Przegląd Więziennictwa. Participant and speaker at many conferences, both national and international.


Wojciech Juszkiewicz

President of the District Court of Bytów, a judge hearing civil, family and juvenile cases. In the years 2007 - 2010 he worked with the Ministry of Justice in the Department of Decision Implementation and Probation where he worked on EU co-funded projects for the construction of a system for support for crime victims.  He is interested in the problems of secondary victimization and mediation in family matters. He published in "Niebieska Linia", "Na wokandzie" and "Legal Aid Administration of Latvia".

He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Gdańsk.  He completed postgraduate studies in foreign trade at the University of Gdansk, the foreign policy studies at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, postgraduate studies in psychology in judicial practice at the University of Social Psychology, and postgraduate studies in civil law for judges at the Polish Academy of Sciences.


Zbigniew Miczek

Judge at the District Court in Tarnów, Vice-President of the Bankruptcy Law Section, Allerhand Institute; Member of the Minister of Justice's Team for amending the Bankruptcy and Reorganisation Law; Member of the Minister of Economy's Team for Systemic Solutions for Amicable Methods of Business Disputes to Facilitate Economic Activities, Member of the Team for Economic Law at the Ministry of Economy.
Judge at the District Court in Tarnów, hearing commercial and bankruptcy cases.   In the years 2006 - 2007 he was seconded as an assistant judge in the Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court.

Master's degree in law (UMCS, Branch in Rzeszów, 1994) and postgraduate studies in Economics, finance and management in bankruptcy proceedings (SGH 2009).
Currently he is a lecturer at the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution and at the District Chamber of Legal Counsels in Krakow.  Since 2011 he has been working with the Public Procurement Office in conducting training workshops on the implementation of contracts concluded under public procurement procedures.
In the years 1998 - 2006 he was a researcher at UMCS, Branch in Rzeszów and the Rzeszów University, while in the years 2009 - 2013 he was a lecturer at WSB - NLU in Nowy Sącz.

In his research interests he focuses on the economic aspects of disputes and litigation, the impact of judicial proceedings on the efficiency of business, non-judicial methods of dispute resolution, entrepreneur recognition, elimination of risks associated with doing business at the interface between the business and public authorities, and transparency of judiciary.
Author of several publications on civil procedure, commercial and bankruptcy law.

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