Mikołaj Pietrzak

Founder; Member of the Foundation Sunflowers Council
A graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration and a holder of the Cambridge University Certificate in English and European Law. Between 2010 and 2016 he was the Chairman of the Human Rights Council of the Polish Bar Council. As of November 2016, he is the Dean of the Warsaw Bar Association. In 2016, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of the five members of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, and he was the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees between May 2018 and October 2019. He was a member of the experts committee of the National Preventive Mechanism in Poland between 2016 and 2021. He is the recipient of the Edward Wende award, which recognizes lawyers who dedicate themselves to the fight for justice and defence of the public good. In 2018 he was awarded the Human Rights Award of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). He was the laureate of Scott Crosby Human Rights Award in 2021, awarded by the European Criminal Bar Association. He specializes in criminal law, constitutional law and protection of human rights. His experience includes legal representation in criminal cases and defence in cases regarding terrorism, espionage, murder, business crimes, corruption and fiscal crimes. He regularly appears before the Supreme Court of Poland and has been admitted to the List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court in the Hague of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.