Maciej Grześkowiak is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Human Rights of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. He graduated with LLM (summa cum laude) from the same University in 2020. His research interests include refugee protection under international, EU and Polish law as well as broader rights of migrants and protection of civilians under international humanitarian law of armed conflict. He is a coordinator of a research project concerning the principle of temporary refuge and its relationship with empirical shortcomings of the international refugee regime. The research is funded by the National Science Centre (brief overview of the research project is available here).
His Master’s Thesis, concerning the return of Syrian refugees, was awarded with the 1st prize in the Polish Minister’s of Foreign Affairs competition for the best thesis on the matter of international relations. It was later published as a monograph by the University of Warsaw publishing house. He is also a recipient of multiple awards and scholarships for his academic achievements and an author of several publications regarding human rights and public international law.
As an expert in refugee protection he was involved in implementation of humanitarian programs in the Middle East. Upon returning to Poland he has worked as a lawyer at Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights before becoming Chief Coordinator for Scientific Coordination at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (Polish Ombudsperson).