Professor dr h.c. Stanislaw Soltysinski
Prof. Emeritus of A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, PL
Professor Stanisław Sołtysiński completed legal studies (1961) and acquired further academic titles (Ph.D. in 1965, doctor hab. (doktor habilitowany) in 1970, associate professor (profesor nadzwyczajny) in 1979 and full professor (profesor zwyczajny) in 1988) at the Law and Administration School of Poznań University. He completed postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (1966-67) and at Columbia University in New York, where in 1973 he was awarded the title of Master of Laws (LL.M).
Professor Sołtysiński is a renowned specialist in civil law, intellectual property rights, commercial law and foreign investment law. For a number of years prior to the 1989 system transition, Professor Sołtysiński successfully reconciled his academic activity with counselling services rendered to Polish and foreign entities with respect to, inter alia, East-West trade, technology transfer and investment. Professor Sołtysiński is an active participant in international arbitration. His name appears on the official list of the Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce, the International Arbitration Court at the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, and the American Arbitration Association. He served as a member of arbitral panels and legal counsel in over a hundred arbitration cases both in Poland and abroad. In the years 1991 and 1992, he represented the Polish Government during negotiations leading to Poland’s association with the European Community. He is a former Dean of the Law School of Poznań University and Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1975-1991) and the College of Europe in Bruges (1991-1995). From June 1990 to May 1991, Professor Sołtysiński served as counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. As a long-term member of Poland’s Legislative Council, Professor Sołtysiński has provided advice to the Polish Government on how to revise Poland’s laws to stimulate foreign trade and investment. In 1997, he was appointed as member of the Polish Codification Commission and Chairman of its Subcommittee, which developed the Commercial Companies Code, adopted by Parliament in 2000. He is the author of more than a dozen books and over 250 publications on commercial law, intellectual property, antitrust law, and civil law and arbitration.