Rafał Mańko (Mag.iur., Ph.D., Dr.habil.iur.) – CSECL Fellow since 2014
Rafał has been an external fellow at the CSECL since 2014. Between 2004 and 2014 he was a PhD candidate at the research centre, writing on the survival of socialist institutions in Polish private law and the impact of European integration upon the Polish legal system and Polish legal culture. In 2014 he defended a PhD thesis at the UvA entitled “Legal Survivals: A Study on the Continuity of Polish Private Law After 1989”, supervised by Professor Martijn Hesselink.
Besides working on his PhD thesis, Rafał worked as a lawyer linguist at the Court of Justice of the EU (2008-2012) and since 2014 he has been a policy analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), where he is an expert on European private law. As an external fellow, Rafał keeps in regular touch with CSECL members and visits the CSECL several times per year.
Rafał’s research interests lie within four fundamental fields: European and comparative private law, with particular reference to Europeanisation; critical legal theory; sociology of law in times of systemic transformation; Central and Eastern European legal culture.
Rafał obtained his master’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Warsaw in 2003, defending a thesis on Alluvion in Roman law (supervised by Professor Maria Zabłocka). Following his PhD at the UvA, in January 2019 he received the highest academic degree in Central Europe - the habilitation (venia legendi) in law from the University of Wrocław in Poland on the basis of a monograph on critical legal theory published in Polish (W stronę krytycznej filozofii orzekania. Polityczność, etyka, legitymizacja [Towards a Critical Philosophy of Adjudication: The Political, Ethics and Legitimacy], Łódź University Press, 2018).
Rafał participates regularly, on behalf of CSECL, in numerous academic conferences and has become recognised as an expert on Central and Eastern European legal culture, being invited as keyonte speaker at conferences devoted to this topic.