International Academic Conference


The Confiscation of Property in Poland and Efforts at Restitution

28-30 June 2017

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (UKSW)

ul. Wóycickiego 1/3 , 01-938 Warszawa

Aim of the Conference

The Conference is centered around a discussion of the legal conditions of property confiscation in Poland and its possible restitution. The discussion will involve different views of professionals and academics (both Polish and foreign) as well the representatives of state and local authorities. Discussions are to be organized in such a way as to ensure presentation of a broad scope of relevant views, i.e. those that support the restitution of confiscated property as well as those who are critical or oppose it.


This event will be the first-ever academic conference held in Poland on this important and timely topic. The proceedings of the conference will be published in 2018 in the academic journal Loyola International and Comparative Law Review.


The conference is organized jointly by two Catholic-based universities, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration and Loyola-Marymount University, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles,


Conference Principal Organizers

Prof. Michael Bazyler,

Chapman University Fowler School of Law


Adw. Szymon Gostyński,

LLM, Krakow


Ms. Katarzyna Czoska McNaughton,

LLM,Chapman University Fowler School of Law


Dr hab. Marek Świerczyński, prof. UKSW,

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw


Dr Mateusz Tchorzewski,

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw


About Visegrad impact of the conference

The issue of property confiscation and its possible restitution is important for all countries belonging to the Visegrad region, but holds a special significance for Poland, which has yet to enact a comprehensive national restitution law. In so doing, Poland can learn from its neighbours. For example the Czech Republic managed to carry out a reprivatisation. It was pointed out however that both the Czech and Slovak restitution systems suffer from a number of shortcomings. Reprivatisation is also a very serious issue in Hungary, where numerous arguments are being raised against it. There is a need to prepare recommendations to lawmakers on the basis of experiences of the Visegrad countries, which share similar legal systems and historical experiences. These regional challenges and problems can be jointly tackled by this project.

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Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University

ul. Wóycickiego 1/3,

01-938 Warszawa


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