Wiktor Osiatynski

Wiktor Osiatynski is a university professor at Central European University. He has taught at many American and European universities, including Columbia, Stanford, Chicago, Connecticut, and Siena. His main fields of scholarly interest are comparative constitutional law and human rights.

In the 1990s, Osiatynski was an advisor to a number of drafting committees and a codirector of the Center for the Study of Constitutionalism at the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to belonging to the Open Society Global Board, he is a member of several Open Society advisory boards. Since the 1980s Osiatynski was heavily involved in educational programs concerning alcohol and drug treatment and has produced six books devoted to these issues, including Sin or Disease, Rehab, and Rehabilitation, which have had a substantial impact in his native Poland and in other countries.

All together Osiatynski has written more than 25 books on various subjects, including the history of social and political ideas, constitutionalism, addiction, science, and sports. His most recent book is Human Rights and Their Limits. He holds degrees in law and sociology from Warsaw University and the Polish Academy of Science.