Jerzy Stępień

Jerzy Stępień

President of the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy, Constitutional Tribunal Justice Emeritus, Pro-vice Chancellor of the Lazarski University in Warsaw.

Expert fields

  • public administraction,
  • electoral law,
  • constitutional law,
  • monetary policy,
  • modern history.

Professional and Social career

Since 2009

Co-founder of the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy (FRDL) and currently its President,
Pro-vice Chancellor,  Director of the Department of Civic Activities and Social Policy of the Lazarski University

2006-2008

President of the Constitutional Tribunal

1999-2008

Justice of the Constitutional Tribunal

1997-1999

Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration

1991-2006

Lecturer at the Local Government and Local Development Study Centre of Warsaw University

1991-1993

Member of the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly

1989-1993

Senator of the Republic of Poland (1st and 2nd term), Chair of the Committee on Local Government and State Administration, Member of the Senate's Constitutional Committee

1983-1989

Legal adviser of the Kielce Diocesan Curia

1980

Co-founder of a regional branch of "Solidarity" Trade Union in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodship

1989-1999

Co-author of the self-government administrative reforms

1979-1989

Legal adviser

1975-1979

Judge of the District Court in Kielce

1971-1975

Associate judge, judge of the County Court in Kielce

Commendations / achievements (selected)

  • Golden Cross of Merit (2006),
  • Lithuanian Order of Grand Duke Gediminas (2008),
  • Commander of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2010), Gloria Artis Medal (2004),
  • Medal for Services to the Judiciary – Bene Merentibus Justitiae, awarded by the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland (2009).
  • Winner of: Teresa Torańska Award (2013), Michał Kulesza Award (Foundation of the Republic of Poland - 2014), Grzegorz Palka Award (Oskar Award of Self-governments 2015).

Publications

Author of articles on legal aspects of public administration functioning, electoral law, constitutional law and modern history, including:

  • Samorząd terytorialny w konstytucyjnym ustroju państwa (Self-government in constitutional system of the country), in: Księga XX-lecia orzecznictwa Trybunału Konstytucyjnego, edited by: M. Zubik (Warsaw 2006)
  • W poszukiwaniu współczesnego kształtu samorządu terytorialnego (In search of modern shape of self-government), Ruch Prawniczy, Ekonomiczny i Socjologiczny, z. 3/2015,
  • Robotnicy w konfederatkach (Workers in konfederatka caps), Rzeczpospolita, Plus Minus, 23-24 X/15.
  • Secretary of the 1st National Convention of “Solidarity”, Co-author of the "Appeal to the nations of the Central and Eastern Europe"