“What if Cross-Cultural Consensus on Human Rights Turns Out to Be Impossible?”
Professor Wiktor Osiatynski is University Professor at the Central European University, and teaches at the CEU in both Budapest and Warsaw. Between 1991 and 1997, he was co-director of the Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe at the Chicago Law School.
He is a well-known scholar of individual rights and constitutionalism, particularly in post-Communist Poland and Eastern Europe. The author of 17 books in Polish, he has written extensively on the comparative history of social and political thought, and has been an advisor to many Parliamentary Constitutional Committees in Poland. He is currently working on a comparative examination of the theory and history of individual and human rights. He is also a counsel to the Open Society Foundation, and a member of the board of the Open Society Budapest as well as boards for Human Rights and Legal and for Public Health programs at the OSI.