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


President of the Constitutional Tribunal


Justice of the Constitutional Tribunal


Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration


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


Member of the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly


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


Legal adviser of the Kielce Diocesan Curia


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


Co-author of the self-government administrative reforms


Legal adviser


Judge of the District Court in Kielce


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).


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"