Invited speakers

Prof. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im - Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, specialists on Human Rights in Islam issues. Director of the Religion and Human Rights Program at Emory. Session 8, Paper: "Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights and International Law". Confirmed

H.E. Jerzy Buzek - President of the European Parliament (2009-2012), Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001), one of the Solidarity leaders, Professor of Polish Academy of Sciences and Silesian University of Technology.

Prof. Leonardo Becchetti - Professor at University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Department of Economics. Session 3. Paper: "The vote with the wallet: effective instruments for a democratic and participated wellbeing". Confirmed.

Porf. Janusz Cisek - (Polish) Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor of the Jagiellonian University. Session 1. Paper:  Transition: the case of Poland. Confirmed.

Dr Jakob Cornides – Human Rights Lawyer Session 7, Paper: Universal Values or Particular Agendas - are Human Rights still Credible? Confirmed.


Prof. Sa'ad Abu Dayeh – Professor and Chairman of  the Political Science Department, Jordan University, Acting Director of the Pakistani Studies Chair in Jordan University. Session 8. Paper: "The examination of the causes of the Arab Spring in North Africa: Egypt, Tunisia and Libya". Confirmed.


Msgr Werner Freistetter - Dr, Head of the Institute for Religion and Peace (Vienna), Counselor of the Papal Council for Culture (Rome). Session 3. Paper: Soldiers and their Families. Ethical Challenges in a Time of Social and Military Transformation. Confirmed.


Prof. Christian Hillgruber - Professor of public law, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Bonn. The Head of the Chair of Public Law. Session 4. Paper: The Protection of Human Life in the Prenata Phase - A Constitutional Perspective". Confirmed.

Prof. Mab Huang - Professor of Human Rights and Western Political Philosophy at the Department of Political Science, Soochow University (Taipei, Taiwan).  Session 9. Paper: "Human rights education at the university level in Taiwan and the Plans for 2013 International Conference". Confirmed.

Prof. Shiow-Duan Hawang - Director of the Department of Political Science, Soochow University (Taipei, Taiwan). Paper: "Taiwan setting an example for the promotion of human rights in Asia". Confirmed.

His Magn. Prof. Peter Hommelhoff - ex-Rector and Professor of the University of Heidelberg, Professor of law. Session 6, Paper:  "Significance of Auschwitz for the contemporary Germans". Confirmed.

Mr Sergey Kovalev - Founder of the first Initiative Group for Human Rights Protection in the Soviet Union (1969) and active HR activist in Russia. Was an advisor to President Boris Yeltsin. Session 1, Paper: "Case of Russia". 

Dr Christopher Kullenberg - Professor at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science, Gothenburg University; co-founder of Telecomix. Session 2. Paper: "Does Internet Freedom Have a Price? Examples from the Arab Spring". Confirmed.

Msgr Václav Malý - Catholic assistant bishop of Prague and laureate of John Paul II Award for Human-Rights Work. A leading figure in Czechoslovakian anti-communist movement.  Session 1,  Paper: "Case of Czechoslovakia. Transition from Communism to Democracy". Confirmed.

H.E. Tadeusz Mazowiecki - former Prime Minister of Poland, the first non-communist Prime Minister in the Eastern Block, one of the Solidarity leaders. In 1992 a special U.N. Emmisary to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Paper: "Case of Yugoslavia". Confirmed.

Mrs Christiana Maria Mauro -   The German Working Group on Data Retention (AK Vorrat) representative. Legal Advocate. Session 2. Confiirmed

Msgr, Prof. Piotr Mazurkiewicz - General Secretary of the Commission of the
Bishops' Conferences of the European Community
. Professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University. Session 4. Paper:"Bio-ethical issues in the Framework of the EU-policy". Confirmed.

Prof. John C. Mubangizi - Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (hosted 2011 Conference on Human RIghts Education), Head of the College of Law and Management Studies. Session 5, Paper: "South Africa as an example of success in promoting Human Rights". Confirmed.

Dr Reinhild Otte - Council of Europe Expert in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights. Awarded the "Pro Merito Medal of the Council of Europe. Session 1. Paper:Period of Transition in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe - the Role of the Council of Europe in Promoting Education for Democracy and Human Rights". Confirmed.


Prof. Sev Ozdowski - Director of Equity and Diversity, Adjunct Professor at University of Western Sydney, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Human Rights Education Conference (2010) Convenor; President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education. Session 7 Paper: "Australian Multiculturalism: Roots of its success". Confirmed.

Mrs Yulia Pererva - Concil of Europe Representative (Directoriate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation). Session 7. Paper: "Human Rights Education issues and challenges in Europe and the role of inter-governmental cooperation". Confirmed.

Prof. Paweł Siwiec – Professor at The Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University, translator of Arabic, former consul of the Polish embassy in Ammam, Jordan. Session 8. Paper: "Iraqi Kurdistan: the road towards a multicultural, democratic society". Confirmed.

Prof. Sigrid Sterckx - Professor of Ethics, Ghent Bioethics Institute. Session 5. Paper: "Research and commercialization of human body material: Reflections from a human rights perspective". Confirmed.

Prof. Andrzej Szahaj - Professor of Political Philosophy at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at University of Toruń. Author of publications on Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Culture. Session 7, Paper: "Universalism or pluralism of Human Rights". Confirmed.

Prof. Marek Szymoński - Research Centre for Nanometer-Scale Science and Advanced Materials, NANOSAM, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science, Jagiellonian University. Session 2, Paper: "Nanotechnology - threats and opportunities for human rights and human rights education". Confirmed.

H.E. Card. Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson - President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Ghanaian Catholic Cardinal. Session 5. Paper: "The Catholic Church in Human Rights Protection". Confirmed.

H.E. Lech Wałęsa - President of Poland (1990-1995), founder of the anticommunist Solidarity movement struggling for human rights in Poland and Central Europe, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1983). Confirmed.

Prof. Jonathan Webber - Professor at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University, chairman of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kazimierz, member of the International Auschwitz Council advising the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Session 6. Confirmed.


Mr Piotr Waglowski - member of the Council of Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunication. Session 2, Paper: "National languages in the era of globalisation vs equal treatment by public authorities". Confirmed.

Prof. Roman Wieruszewski - Professor of Human Rights at the Institute of Legal Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences and Director of the Poznan Human Rights Centre.

Prof. Andrzej Zoll - Polish Ombudsman (2006), President of Polish Constitutional Tribunal (1993-1997), Professor of Law at Jagiellonian University. Session 6, Paper: "Significance of Auschwitz for contemporary Poles". Confirmed.